Welcome to my Lisa Waterman Gray website. A freelance writer & photographer from the Kansas City area, I have worked with dozens of Midwestern, national & international print & online clients. I also offer editing services, & create marketing copy.
I often write about must-visit destinations, captivating events, eco-friendly topics or food & beverage finds. I've crafted dozens of restaurant & cookbook reviews, and original recipes for publication. In addition, I have cooked at a small restaurant, a catering company, & a local culinary school.
I've taken on large projects too. My biggest assignment involved creating the nationally published book, An Explorer's Guide: Kansas. 13,000+ solo road miles, 4,000+ photographs, & 100+ nights on the road ended in this 394-page travel book. Learn more, below.
Meeting interesting people always makes travel better . I interviewed Jerry Lewis about chronic pain, Alice Waters about Slow Food, & Dolly Parton about her Imagination Library. I even sampled appetizers for a Kansas City casino, with Paul Prudhomme. But it's not just about interviewing 'celebrities.' I also toured northern Arizona with Native American guides & profiled an 80+ year-old woman who had only recently stopped teaching Tai Chi.
Need a speaker? I have addressed tourism professionals to civic groups, & completed numerous broadcast interviews:
- FOX 4 Explorer's Guide: Kansas TV Interview
- KKFI radio (at 6.35 to 27 minutes)
- Wanderlust and Gusto/BlogTalkRadio (2:25-19 minutes)
"We were fortunate to have Lisa Waterman Gray speak to our Kansas City Delta Gamma Alumnae Group. Lisa came with a PowerPoint presentation highlighting her Kansas travels…and brought the travel guide to life. Lisa was a wonderful speaker and a great ambassador for the state."
- Caryll Schultz, member
► Visit my YouTube channel
to view more than 60 slideshows depicting my travels.
Above: Grinter Farms near Lawrence, Kansas
Below: Padre Island, Texas sunrise
Bottom left: at Ganondagan, Victor, New York
Bottom: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The Countryman Press/W.W. Norton published my book, An Explorer's Guide: Kansas, in June 2011. Featuring 130+ author photos, this travel guide is still available through Amazon or in bookstores.