Laura and Stirling Kelso: Writing Fiction for FoodiesAug 17th, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: guest bio, the show
The Kelso sisters, big sis Laura and little sis Stirling, are writing partners: Laura writes and Stirling edits. Together they’re working on an e-Novel called Lonestar Dish, available as installments on their website, DishLit.com. Laura calls it “fiction for foodies” because it’s filled with food references and “delicious characters.”
Sisters can be competitive, and when you have a younger sister editing the work of her elder, it creates the potential for conflict. But Laura says their disagreements are small, and they have more fun working together than not.
Laura – Writer
Austin-based scribe, Laura Kelso, has long been a foodie at heart. After earning a Philosophy degree at Brown, she hightailed it to Mexico City (andale!), where she worked on NAFTA negotiations by day, and learned about the art of la comida by night. Two years later, on a bread and butter diet in London (with a lot of memorable Indian food to boot), she received a Master’s from the London School of Economics. Piggybacking on her corporate gigs, Laura traveled – and tasted – the world, from Hong Kong to Hamburg, Manila to Madrid. Her Austin writing career blossomed in 2004, where she served as Austin Monthly’s food critic for four years. Laura went on to help co-found Dishola, a website dedicated to sharing the love of food – dish by dish. She has written for the likes of Travel + Leisure, Southern Living, the Discovery Channel, Texas Monthly, Austin Woman, and the Austin American-Statesman. Today, she lives in Austin with her husband, son, and two golden retrievers.
Stirling – Editor
As the youngest of three girls, Stirling has always been spoiled in the food arena. Her sisters cried, “not fair!” when their Mom filled her lunchbox with Little Debbie food snacks, Gushers, and Fruit-by-the-Foot. Over time, Stirling’s palate became more refined. While other University of Texas college students lived on pizza specials, Stirling saved up for weekly sprees at Austin’s best organic grocery stores. After a turn in documentary film at National Geographic, Stirling honed her editing skills at Texas Monthly Magazine, under the guidance of food critic Pat Sharpe. Today, after a nearly five-year stint in New York City at Travel + Leisure, Stirling is back in Austin and newly wed! When she’s not traveling to some fascinating or glamorous location, she’s writing about it for the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and Food & Wine among other pubs.