Hey there! I'm Kelly Mulry – although, you definitely know me better as TrainerKelly or just Kelly. I'm the one who runs TrainerKelly's Network. I'm in charge of...well, everything. I write the stories, draw the artwork, code the website, and more. I wanted to give myself a platform to talk about other things I love – from vegan food to my learning ventures! That's how the concept of this section, The Kelly Mulry Corner, came to be.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I love learning more about the people who created the works I love. Sometimes it's just to glean inspiration from them: their stories help me on my own journey. Other times, let's be honest here, it's to figure out if they're someone I actually want to support or not. Other times, it's simply to humanize the person. It's easy to forget that there IS another human being behind the works.
I started drawing waaaaaay back in the early 2000s by drawing fan characters for shows I loved and started writing not too long after that, both fanfiction and original works. I got into anime & manga BIG time in middle school and it has impacted my works ever since! My main art style inspiration is the older styles of the Pokémon anime mixed with minor influences from Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew. My writing is influenced by light novels.
When I'm not working on my stories, artwork, or this website, I'm often learning or reading. On fewer occassions, I'm playing video games. My favorite video game series is Assassin's Creed, which speaks to me on multiple levels. A lot of people still associate me with my love for the Pokémon franchise – which I do still love, but I don't know where I currently stand as I am not actively engaging in any portion at the moment. I've become distant over the years because I've been focusing on myself and my own works.
Please do not confuse me with my character, Kelly! We are not the same person. *I* am TrainerKelly, she is not. Yes, even when she's in her Pokémon fan character form. I know this is super confusing for people who have never named a character after themselves before. (As to why Kelly is named after me: she was originally a self-insert, but I realized she wasn't me about two years after her creation, so she became her own character. Since she had been "me" for quite some time, it was natural just to name her after me. The more you know!)
For those who are curious, my preferred prounouns are they/them.