Italophile Kelly E. Carter is a New York Times bestselling author and freelance writer who lived la bella vita in Italy from 2003-05 with her longhair Chihuahua Lucy.
Although they first settled in Firenze (Florence), Kelly always envisioned herself living in an Italian seaside village, a la Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in The Talented Mr. Ripley. After a year in the capital of Tuscany, Kelly and her pooch, who by then was known as Lucia, headed south to Positano.
Kelly teamed up with tennis phenom Venus Williams to co-author Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession, which became a bestseller shortly after its Summer 2010 release.
The member of the Fourth Estate showed her dedication to her craft early on when she gave up the warmth of Los Angeles to begin her award-winning sports writing career at the tiny Iowa City Press-Citizen in the dead of winter. She paid her dues every step of the way and climbed journalism’s ladder to the Pittsburgh Press, Dallas Morning News then Orange County Register, where she landed her dream job and made history as the first female beat writer assigned to cover the Los Angeles Lakers. From there it was on to USA Today as an NFL and NBA writer before she switched to broadcast and joined CNN-SI as an on-air correspondent.
Her flair for quickly bonding with boldface names allowed her to segue from sports to entertainment/celebrity fashion at People, where she worked her way up to Insider columnist. Soon, USA Today lured her back to dazzle the nation’s readers with her impressive celebrity coverage. She sat down with a multitude of A-list stars for one-on-one interviews and became a fixture at Hollywood award shows, premieres and parties. When she wore out her stilettos on the red carpet in 2003, she fulfilled a fantasy of many and moved to Italy to begin her life as a freelancer.
Kelly’s articles have appeared in numerous publications, including People, USA Today, Elite Traveler, where she’s a Contributing Editor, Departures, Men’s Fitness, Black Enterprise, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times and South China Morning Post in Hong Kong as well as on Essence.com, Brides.com, TownandCountryTravelMag.com, CigarAficionado.com and AOL’s StyleList.com and Black Voices.com. She canand occasionally shares her expertise on the Travel Channel.
Inspired by Lucy, Kelly launched The Jet Set Pets, the luxury travel resource for pampered pets on the go, in Spring 2012. The dog fanatic pens the Posh Pets in Tow column for Elite Traveler and serves as the pet travel expert for AOL’s revamped pet site Paw Nation. Lucy, her faithful traveling companion of 10+ years and celeb in her own right, blogs about her life as a jet set pet for AOL’s Paw Nation and the Everybody Loves Lucy section of The Jet Set Pets.
Kelly’s journeyed to more than 40 countries on six continents but none touches her heart like Italy.