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February 19, 2004

About the Author


I've been involved with the travel publishing industry for nearly half my life, as a writer, photographer, editor, webmonkey, and, above all, as a rambling explorer.

I started out working for Random House as a writer and editor for the now-defunct Fodor's Berkeley Guides series. My first assignment took me to southern Mexico soon after the Zapatistas rose up against NAFTA. All told, I've contributed writing and photographs to a dozen Fodor's and Lonely Planet titles in the past nine years.

For three years, I produced the Webby award-winning website and helped develop the CitySync series of handheld digital city guides. At last count, my work had been translated in a dozen languages.

2003 was my busiest year yet. launched just before I set off for ten months trapising around Antarctica, Mexico and South America. I'm awaiting publication of three new Lonely Planet titles (Bolivia, Mexico and South America on a Shoestring), which are all scheduled to hit the shelves in English by mid-2004.

For a bit more about me, check out

Posted by laughtears on February 19, 2004 07:54 PM
Category: ->Photo of the Day<-, About, Bio | Bibliography

Very impressive resume, but I like your picture even better because you look happy.

Are you a fulltime freelancer now?

Posted by: Jen Leo on February 25, 2004 02:44 AM

Hey Jen. Yep, that's me, footloose and fancy-free for the past couple years. The foto is from one of those quickie three-in-one for a buck booths, either in Seattle or Vancouver. I was on vacation, not working, must explain the smile....

Posted by: laughtears on February 29, 2004 12:53 AM
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