I thought it was time we were properly introduced.
I’m Kaleigh. I am a reader, a writer, and an editor. I read daily, I’m in the process of writing my first novel, and I’m excited to be collaborating with the other three talented editors at MS Editors.
I love stories. And here’s mine:
I Owe it All to Horses
I was one of those rare children who knew always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up: an author and illustrator. The very little wisdom I inherited with adulthood quickly ruled out my future as an artist (I can’t draw a stick figure to save my life), but words, those I can do.
I always loved reading. I especially loved reading books about horses. The mid-90s series, The Pony Pals, was my absolute favorite. These girls were living my dream: horses, adventures, BFFs. I was so envious of their pony-filled fun that I decided to write my own story. It was called “Lucky,” named after the main character’s horse, and it was the first thing I ever wrote.
And while I no longer write stories about animals, the notion of storytelling never left me. I wanted to write, to create worlds and characters and stories that caused people to laugh or cry (or laugh until they cried).
So, as a bright-eyed eighteen-year-old, I went off to college and declared writing as my official major. And I never wavered. It was in those four years that my love for stories moved beyond not only wanting to create them, but also to help others shape their own.
I am a grant writer by day.
I love the Academy Awards. Love them. Favorite day of the year.
I’ve had an obsession with Paris, France, since I was eight-years-old. What kind of child wanted to own a horse and go to Paris? Me. Someday, I hope to move there, eat enough baguettes to fill a wheelbarrow, and walk the Parisian streets in black Louboutin heels.
I want to own a pair of black Louboutin heels.
I think there will never be a more perfect story arc than Harry Potter.
And I want to have a library that rivals Belle’s library in Beauty and the Beast. It may be animated, but every book nerd dreams of those shelves (give it up, you know you do).
Books: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, and The Liars Club by Mary Karr.
Authors (whose work I will buy, no questions asked): J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith, Jhumpa Lahiri, Mary Karr, Pierce Brown, John Green, Maggie Steifvater, and Rainbow Rowell.
Movies: Pride & Prejudice (the 2005 version—don’t shoot me, BBC lovers), The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, Up in the Air, You’ve Got Mail, The Goonies, and The Departed.