Kelly Coleman attended schools throughout the United States and Europe. He graduated in Germany, attended University of Illinois and Central Missouri State University, earning degrees in English and Political Science. Returning from Asia with the U.S. Army, Coleman wrote the burial plan for President Dwight Eisenhower. He separated from the service following three years of active duty. After teaching Political Science for several years, he founded and operated a niche market real estate company specializing in the sale of remote Ozark properties. His The Good Earth was published in Real Estate Today magazine. Coleman lives in central Missouri, enjoying the company of his three daughters, writing, and trading in Ozark properties.