To Dad, From Kelly – Publishing October 28

My father, former University of Michigan All-American and Denver Broncos running back Rob Lytle, died on November 20, 2010. A year after he died, a friend encouraged me to write him a letter. That first letter became a series of letters to my father that I had nowhere to send but needed to write. Now, after three years of writing, those first letters are the emotional foundation of my memoir, To Dad, From Kelly.

To Dad, From Kelly details the lessons I learned from my dad and the questions in our relationship that went unasked or unanswered when he died. Three years of writing. Buckets of tears. Early mornings staring down grief and self-doubt. Late nights typing against hopelessness. I gave everything I could – physically, mentally, and emotionally – to this book. And it feels great to be finished.

I am excited to announce that the eBook for To Dad, From Kelly is currently available for pre-sale! And the paperback and eBook will both be published on October 28.

You can order the paperback on starting October 28.

You can order the eBook now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Google. If you pre-order, it will automatically deliver to your device on October 28!

All comments are welcome and help drive online discovery. So, if after reading the book you feel compelled to write a review (good, bad, or ugly), please share your thoughts and feelings on one of these sites.

Every word I wrote is heartfelt. Writing these stories required an emotional vulnerability I had never experienced and forced from me truths I had never expressed. It is raw and it is honest.

As you read, I hope that you laugh (maybe), cry (likely), feel the significance of what my dad meant to my family and me, and finish with a lesson or story or moment that is meaningful to your life and in your relationships.

Dad always said, “It ain’t about what’s done, it’s about what’s done; it’s about what you do with what’s done that counts.” To Dad, From Kelly is my choice to do something that counts.



    1. Thank you Deb! Yes, based on the early feedback tissues are in order. I dont know if I set out to write a “sad” book (or even if the book is sad). I wrote as honestly as I could and tried not to sugarcoat any emotions. I suppose the rawness shines through. I do hope you enjoy and the words offer fond remembrances of my father.

  1. KELLY- I got my copy last night and couldn’t put it down. It is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I was alternately laughing, crying, reflecting, pondering and meditating as I went through. Your writing talent is awesome, my friend. I hope it is a commercial success, but please know I think it also a critical success. I don’t know how I can thank you enough for including me –I guess I’ll just have to “Pay Forward” and be a liberal contributor to your blog and collection of experiences. Please feel free to call on me anytime you wish–Dr. Matt Bagamery

    1. Dr. Matt – As mentioned, I am incredibly moved by your thoughtful note. I alternated between the same emotions while writing and sometimes wonder how I survived. Writing was a labor love and it is now both frightening and rewarding to share my personal stories. I appreciate all of your support and look forward to many more conversations!

    1. Thanks Chuck, for the support. I hope you enjoy the stories of Dad and me! I’ll get it signed for you next time I’m back in Fremont.


    1. Thank you for the great comment and all the kind words. I greatly appreciate your support of this book and its message(s). Thank you!

  3. Awesome job Kelly! I read the book within a day…I couldn’t put it down….what an emotional roller coaster. You have a great talent and your description with each story was tremendous. It takes a very special person to do what you did!

    1. Thanks Abby! Yes – certainly an emotional roller coaster. I hope you didnt run out of tissues. I appreciate your thoughtful words and am glad that I was able to share my reflections and emotions with others. Thank you for supporting.

  4. I was absolutely captivated by your book! I knew your dad “a little”. He was a year behind me in school. Well after school your mom and my wife used to jog together. I’m so glad you wrote the book. I often wondered how your dad was actually doing since his retirement from football. When I would see him out and about, he would have his cane some days, and some days not. He would always greet me like we were long lost friends and I always appreciated it. Thank you again for writing your book.

    1. Hi Rick – Thank you for the kind note. So glad to hear that you enjoyed To Dad, From Kelly. Dad always managed that smile whenever he saw others, no matter how much pain he was in. I dont think he was ever masking it, just never believed it necessary to share otherwise. I appreciate you reading and am grateful that the book was meaningful to read. Thank you.

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