Dolly Kyle was raised in Arkansas, where she received a Diploma from Hot Springs High School (1964) and, three children later, a BA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1972). She spent her early life working with the family real estate business, then moved to Dallas (1974) to attend SMU School of Law, accompanied by her daughters who were entering kindergarten, first and third grades.
Dolly passed the Texas State Bar Exam even before she graduated in the top 5% of her SMU Law School class (J.D., 1977). She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor which is limited to 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys
She founded the non-profit Lawyers for Affordable Housing (LAH) to assist low-income homeowners and homebuyers with real estate issues such as clearing titles and housing consumer fraud. Dolly recruited over 350 volunteer lawyers to take pro bono cases for homeowners and for 50 non-profit housing organizations. LAH has affected tens of thousands of single and multi-family housing units in Texas, was nominated for the State Bar of Texas ProBono Organization Award, and has served as a model program spotlighted in a monograph by the American Bar Association.
Dolly was active with local, state, and national housing groups; co-chaired the first Dallas Bar Association Home Project which annually builds a Habitat for Humanity home; and served as an author/speaker for the State Bar of Texas Professional Development Programs in Advanced Real Estate Drafting and Advanced Real Estate Law.
Dolly is proud to be a songwriter member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers) and the CMA (Country Music Association). She has worked as a choir director, a teacher, and an Adjunct Professor in the Writing Department at UALR.
Though trained as a classical pianist, Dolly writes country/western and contemporary Christian music, which she enjoys singing while accompanying herself on a guitar. In over twenty years of playing that cheap guitar, she has limited herself to learning only six chords, so it's all fun and no work.
Dolly is now focusing on writing, both novels and music. Her children are grown and healthy; her pets have all been buried; and most of her house plants are silk. Life is good.