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KELLY GRAY

storyteller

    ABOUT

     As a storyteller, I love writing about anything that might change

someone's life for the better or at least brighten their day. In my job

I create content that honors this mission from magazine and newspaper

stories to all forms of digital and marketing content. As an editor, I have 

more than 20 years of experience in publishing.

     Frequently covered topics include major lifestyle topics like culinary,

architecture, travel, faith, animals, health and beauty, entertainment and

design / build. Freelance clients have included many fine publications

like Southern Living, Living Luxe Magazine, Plate Magazine, Forbes Travel,

OpenTable, Washington Post travel, Los Angeles Times travel, South

Magazine, Restaurant Insider, Bespoke Concierge Magazine, Florida

Weekly, Lowes Home Improvement, Garden of Life, Plate Perfect, and

a wide array of healthcare and wellness providers.

      It humbles me to include many of the world's most notable personalities

in my portfolio, such as the king of interviewers himself Larry King, 

superstars Ziggy Marley, Rashad Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Jane Pauley,

Sammy Hagar, Tim Tebow, explorer and "Titanic" discoverer Robert Ballard,

Mark Ballas, Amanda Booz, Tommy DiDario, Michael Bolton, Denise Austin,

Oscar de la Renta, Walt Wiley, Brian Urlacker, The Spinners, David Nail;

design geniuses 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, Kristin Harmel, Kathleen Antrim, Steve Berry, Rip Gerber, Tim Maleeny and David Angsten among others.

MY MOTIVATION

     Everything I do is fueled by faith and helping neglected animals. In assisting these creatures who cannot advocate for themselves, I feel I'm answering God's call for my life's purpose. I especially love to connect like-minded animal helpers, fundraise for worthy rescues and preparing animals who can be saved for placement in forever homes.

     I've been bringing home stray animals since childhood, but it was a very special horse named Star Dancer who inspired me to become involved in equine rescue. Pasture pets are my favorite animals. When I met Star Dancer, my life forever changed. She remained with me as long as she could on this earth, longer than she should have stayed, and I am forever grateful for that blessing.

     Like Star Dancer, senior animals have a special place in my heart. My dream is to convert a barn into a home for myself and my animals to live out their golden years.

SHARING THE CRAFT OF WRITING

     Another of my passions is helping young writers discover and hone their own writing skills. I teach writing workshops and was a middle-grade instructor of summer workshop students at the University of North Carolina, Asheville for several years before Covid. Through civic and community centers, I donate my time speaking about writing careers to at-risk youth.

INTERNSHIPS & MEMBERSHIPS

​     Over the years I've helped many aspiring writers launch their own careers. My internships meet college graduation credit requirements. To apply, send a message with a brief cover letter and resume pasted in the body of this form with your contact information.  

     Member organizations I support include the North Carolina Writer’s Network, Flat Iron Writer's Room, AVL Writers, Stage Brew Writers. the Author’s Guild, the International Thriller Writers Association and the Alliance of Independent Authors -- all outstanding examples of what it means to love reading and writing.

BOOKS 

      It's a pleasure to be counted among the Simon and Schuster family of authors. I've helped write more books for my freelance clients than for myself, serving as the as-told-to writer of record on numerous non-fiction titles for prominent executives and influential personalities.  

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