I’m Kayleigh, and I’ve always been a writer.
It started early. In fifth grade, I wrote short stories and won a statewide poetry contest. But I soon turned my obsessive curiosity a into a job at my high school newspaper, which gave me an excuse to ask a million questions of anyone and everyone.
At 19, I won a best documentary award by the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters for a 30-minute program on former Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s crackdown on sexual predators. I studied the media’s portrayal of race and class and taught creative writing workshops at Rikers Island juvenile prison while studying at New York University, where. I can talk Kafka and Machiavelli with the best of ’em, but booze, luxury hotels and personal travel experiences are my thing now, with some investing and personal finance reporting mixed in.
I also work as a marketing copywriter for various corporate and federal clients. My two year stint as an incognito luxury hotel, spa and restaurant evaluator for Forbes Travel Guide was one of my most interesting experiences. Evaluating dozens of properties against really tough facility and service standards for coveted star ratings is pretty rewarding when it’s anonymous and fair.
I’ve written for Travel Channel, Travel + Leisure, Caribbean Travel + Life, Private Clubs, CNN.com, AAA Journey, Entrepreneur, The Latin Kitchen, Fox Business Network, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Wine Enthusiast, Bust, AARP The Magazine, ABC News, the Washington Examiner, Wine & Spirits, and more.
My first book, Booze for Babes: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Drinking Spirits Right, was aimed at empowering ladies to counter stereotypes by knowing their way around fine liquors. It also celebrated female distillers, bartenders and entrepreneurs.
I’m Kayleigh, and this is my world. Welcome.