Kelle Z. Riley, writer, speaker, Ph.D. chemist, safety/martial arts expert, and world traveler has been featured in public forums that range from local Newspapers to National television. Her work was featured in the April 2014 “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.” A former Golden Heart Finalist, Kelle resides in Chattanooga, TN. She has been a director for the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild, as well as a self defense instructor, a Master Gardener and a full time chemist with numerous professional publications and U. S. patents. Kelle can be reached at her website, facebook, twitter and pinterest.
When she was growing up in a small town, Kelle imagined traveling as far as outer space, Middle Earth, and any other place a book or movie could take her. But when she left for college and decided—on a whim—to major in chemistry she didn’t know that one day she’d be visiting places just as exotic and exciting as the places she’d read about.
After a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a Ph.D.—all in chemistry—she moved into the world of industry where she learned the practical application of science to everyday life. Her work had her climbing about in steel-toed safety boots, hard hats and much more—including the traditional lab coats.
Soon after she discovered her passion for writing, a manager asked her about it. When discussing the genres she loved—romance, women’s fiction and cozy mystery—he asked why she didn’t write science fiction. She answered with a question of her own: “Do you really want to wonder if my lab reports are fact or fiction?”
Later, when she sold her first book, another manager asked if she was quitting her job to write full time. To date, her writing hasn’t been able to replace her chemistry earnings, and—to be honest—her colleagues and work provide inspiration. Both her right brain and her left brain need stimulation!
Through the years her activities in science, martial arts, gardening, music, decorating, travel, adventuring, crafting, cooking and just about anything else her creative mind insists she try her hand at, have given her just that type of stimulation. Check out her seminar list and see if any of her interests are of interest to you! Kelle is always happy to lead classes—in person or on-line—to share her passions with her readers.