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          Kelly Gray Merritt is an author and lifestyle writer specializing in positive, good news topics. She loves writing about anything that could change someone's life for the better or at least make someone's day. Her culinary, architecture, travel, animals, entertainment and design / build articles and photos have appeared in dozens of magazines and major daily newspapers. Over the past 22 years, Kelly has interviewed and written about many of the world's most famous people for fine publications like Southern Living, Plate Magazine, Forbes Travel, OpenTable, Washington Post travel, Los Angeles Times travel, South Magazine, Restaurant Insider, Living Luxe Magazine, Bespoke Concierge Magazine, Florida Weekly, numerous major daily newspapers and in-flight magazines.   

     Her passion for helping animals has allowed Kelly to rescue, foster, adopt and help find forever homes for them, in particular senior animals who need a loving and safe place to live out their golden years. She has 13 animals including goats, horse, dogs and chickens. Not all are rescues but most are special needs in some way and require constant supervision along with specialized veterinary care. Meet the animals.

     She also loves to help others discover the craft of writing and has taught writing workshops throughout the southeast, including her five senses classes as summer instructor at the University of North Carolina, Asheville for middle-grade writers. Kelly has also helped many aspiring writers launch their own careers and is frequently quoted as an expert in a variety of publications about writing, culinary and travel. 

     In her spare time, Kelly collects blank journals to donate to children in the foster care system, who have so few outlets to express their feelings and cope with their circumstances. Please get in touch for instructions on how to donate a blank journal. 

     Kelly has interviewed the king of interviewers himself Larry King, Ziggy Marley, Rashad Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Jane Pauley, Sammy Hagar, Tim Tebow, explorer and "Titanic" discoverer Robert Ballard, Michael Bolton, Denise Austin, Oscar de la Renta, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Walt Wiley, Brian Urlacker, The Spinners, David Nail; design superstars Colin Cowie, Jeffrey Beers, Robert Courterier and Carlton Varney, celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Wylie Dufresne, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Michelle Bernstein, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Christina Tosi and Tony Mantuano; members of rock bands Foreigner and Chicago; cast members of ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Xanadu: the Musical’, ‘Les Miserables’, Cirque du Soleil; and, bestselling authors James Grippando, Sandra Brown, Heather Graham, Robert Dugoni, James Maccomber, Dakota Banks, Kathy Reichs, Alexandra Sokoloff, Tim Hallinan, Vicki Pettersson, J.D. Rhoades, Shane Gericke, Mario Acevedo, Michelle Gagnon, Kathleen Antrim, Steve Berry, Rip Gerber, Tim Maleeny and David Angsten among others.  

     Kelly is the author of books "The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel" (Simon and Schuster) and FLIGHT, about the adventures of fictitious travel writer Kate Carrington along with numerous books she has helped write for freelance clients. She has held memberships in the North Carolina Writer’s Network, the North Carolina Writer’s Workshop, the Author’s Guild, International Thriller Writers Association and the Alliance of Independent Authors.