Monique Kelley is a flourishing businesswoman who has turned her pain into progress and a profession. She made the life-changing trip to LA after graduating from Hampton University with a degree in Performing Arts, and spending time studying Shakespearean Theatre in London.
A painful divorce brought the budding dating guru from a career in the film industry to becoming a dating expert on shows like Access Live on NBC, and Good Day L.A. on FOX. She gives empowering dating advice to “The Tamron Hall Show” and “The Talk,” and has been featured in Essence Magazine, L.A. Confidential Magazine, and on TV One. Importantly, she lets women in the dating scene know that they aren’t alone.
Always a creative spirit, Kelley first began writing about her of her post-divorce dating life through her anonymous blog “Confessions of a Serial Dater In LA.” She would talk about not only dates, but her first impressions, her disappointments, and her pick-me-ups.
Her latest project, Reality in Chaos, is being called the modern day Waiting To Exhale. Released in January 2021, the novel highlights the value of true friendship. The story follows best friends Simone, Taylor, and Jackie, who all met at Hampton University, Kelley’s alma mater. Now approaching their fabulous forties, the women experience the turbulence of careers, family, marriage, caregiving, and more. It is a complex and intriguing story filled with reality checks and situations relatable to readers’ own lives. It was written to ultimately remind readers that in the end, love and friendship endure all things. It is Kelley’s first novel.
Monique Kelley continues to explore her talents for creatively helping others. Twice a year, she holds her Cocktails and Confessions. Before the pandemic, the intimate conversations about dating and relationships were held at Hollywood hot spots. No matter what people are going through, whether they are married, divorced, or single, Monique Kelley has advice for everyone. She continues to help both men and women be able to talk about experiences that can be tough, and help them look forward to a brighter day.