Short Bio:

Kellie M. Parker is an award-winning writer of YA fantasy and thrillers. She has college degrees in biology and nautical archaeology, but she’s always found her sense of adventure most satisfied by a great story. When not writing, Kellie can be found teaching her four children, camping, baking, and gardening. She lives with her family in west Michigan.

Longer Bio:

Kellie M. Parker grew up traveling the United States and Europe as a US Navy brat. She attended high schools in three states and was too nerdy to ever sit at the cool kids’ table. With books as her most reliable companion, it was only a matter of time before she decided to write one herself. She has college degrees in biology and nautical archaeology but has always found her sense of adventure most satisfied by a great story.

Kellie lives in west Michigan with her husband and four kids. She writes about brave, smart teens trying to figure out who they are and where they belong. When she’s not plotting her next fictional murder, she can be found baking, gardening, tackling DIY home projects, and reading to her kids.

Thin Air is her debut YA novel.

Author Headshots:

Photo credit: Amanda Kamppinen

Woman seated on a stool

Thin Air:

Book Cover Thin Air by Kellie M Parker

On sale date: October 17, 2023 from Razorbill.

Cover design by Jessica Jenkins, art by Nicole Rifkin.

ISBNs: 978-0593526002 (Hardcover), 978-0593526026 (ebook), 978-0593745427 (audio)

Young Adult Mystery & Suspense, Romance, Social Issues, Friendship

320 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

About Thin Air:

Praise for Thin Air:

“Horror, the ugly side of competitiveness, and palpable fear permeate Parker’s claustrophobic thriller. The read is truly original, making the most of its inescapable airplane setting. Filled with twists and dread, this novel will thrill those curious about the dark side of human nature and what it means to be a survivor.—Booklist


A fun page-turner. Emily’s first-person narration establishes her as a sympathetic and flawed protagonist. The initial chapter quickly sets the taut line of tension that’s maintained throughout, with each chapter opening with a time stamp marking the plane’s progress across the Atlantic. The fast pace will keep readers engaged, particularly fans of locked-room mysteries.” —Kirkus Reviews


Emily’s empathetic first-person narration, rendered in assured prose, is a steadfast vehicle that drives readers from one suspenseful scare to the next. There are no snakes on this plane, but the dangers are real in this ticking-clock thriller by Parker.” —Publishers Weekly


“Stow your tray tables and adjust your seat backs. This is no ordinary murder mystery. Thin Air takes off at the speed of sound, dropping you immediately into the action at 30,000 feet. You’ll need an oxygen mask of your own as the twists leave you gasping and every page-turn propels you closer to an ending you’ll never see coming. A fast-paced, claustrophobic thrill ride of a story that’s perfect for reading on vacation…unless, of course, you’re flying there.” —Ginny Myers Sain, New York Times bestselling author of Dark and Shallow Lies

“Kellie M. Parker’s Thin Air is an unputdownable thrill ride that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the very end. It kept me up long past my bedtime—readers be warned that you won’t want to put this one down.” —Stacy Stokes, author of Remember Me Gone

Further inquiries:

For film and TV rights, foreign rights, and blurbs, please contact my agent, Ali Herring at Spencerhill Associates:

For interviews, advance readers copies, appearances, or events, please contact my publicist, Sierra Pregosin: