My work expanded from magazines and newspapers, as I began my second decade as a professional writer.

The Body Parts Menu
Of Good Table Manners

Editor: I helped my former student Dagmar Pelzer polish this "sure-fire survival guide to the Western World" (CreateSpace 2015).

Break Into
Travel Writing

Contributor: I shared my "reverse outline" technique for Beth Blair's insightful book (Teach Yourself 2012).

Frommer's Best
Hiking Trips in
British Columbia

Contributor: I covered ten treks on Vancouver Island – including the legendary West Coast Trail – for this new Canadian series (Frommer's 2009).

and Lipstick:
Traveling with Kids

Copyeditor: I learned a good deal about breast pumps and toddler-wrangling tricks, while proofing this guide by Leslie Forsberg and Michelle Duffy (Wanderlust and Lipstick 2009).

Green Guide Rome

Updater: I edited and revised this guidebook to my favourite city with help from colleagues on Michelin Roma (Michelin 2007).

National Geographic's
Journeys of a Lifetime

Contributor: I covered a Bedouin feast and jeep tour of Wadi Rum, the desert made famous by Lawrence of Arabia in Jordan (National Geographic 2007).

Greece, A
Love Story

Contributor: I explored my divorce with an essay, At the Seashore with Medea: A marriage unravels in Athens. Camille Cusumano – whom I worked with on the corresponding Italy volume – also edited this anthology (Seal Press 2007). Check out the book website.

Single State
of the Union

Contributor: Tangled Up in Wild Blue chronicles my all-terrain-Barbie lifestyle as a travel writer. This sassy anthology – edited by hometown heroine Diane Mapes – is subtitled: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness (Seal Press 2007).

Thomas Cook's
Greek phrasebook

Author: I translated a slim, yet elegant, volume of essential Greek. Through The Content Works (now Enveritas), I also edited the English-language portions of nine other pocket phrasebooks (Thomas Cook 2007).

Green Guide Sicily

Updater: I edited and revised this guidebook with Anna Melville-James and help from colleagues on Michelin Sicilia (Michelin 2007).

Dream Vacations

Contributor: I covered three classic destinations for a full-color coffee-table guide: Croatia's Dalmatian coast, the crater-island of Santorini and the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey (Frommer's 2007).

Italian PhraseFinder

Copyeditor: I helped write and cull content for this first-edition PhraseFinder & Dictionary, under the lovely editor Maureen Clarke (Frommer's 2006).

Green Guide Italy

Updater: I edited and revised this classic cultural guidebook to "the boot," with Anna Melville-James and help from colleagues on Michelin Italia (Michelin 2005).

A Love Story

Contributor: I expanded my popular essay, Roman Traffic al fresco, for this anthology, subtitled Women write about the Italian experience, and edited by Camille Cusumano (Seal Press 2005).

Writing Textbook

Contributor: I'm covering the genre, development of initial ideas and basic travel photography for this college text, edited by Jim Poynter (Leromi Publishing 2005).

Guide Italy

Updater: I reworked the section on Lazio, the region surrounding Rome, where I lived for two years. The chapter was originally drafted by Martin Dunford. (Rough Guides 2005)

Greece: Garden
of the Gods

Editor: This Greek garden book, written by the Athens News columnist Jennifer Gay, explores Mediterranean horticulture. (Athens News 2004)

Where to
Eat and Stay
in France

Copyeditor and typesetter: I formatted reviews in Quark for this Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guide, in addition to proof reading. Working with The Content Works, I delivered 300 pages, prepared for press, on an extremely tight deadline. The book won the Golden Ladle for Best Food Guide Book at the 2005 World Food Media Awards (DK 2004)

Time Out
Athens guide

Contributor: Given my classics background, I was entrusted with the mythology section, as well as a feature on ancient heroes in film. Admirably, the editors only hire local writers, making these books shine. (Time Out 2003)

Rome in

Contributor: I wrote the chapter on the Via Giulia and a feature on traditional Roman bookbinding for this elegant volume, edited by Claudio Gatti. The pieces originally appeared in Italy Daily, the now-defunct supplement to the International Herald Tribune. The series has won praise for its depth and style. (Rizzoli 2003)

AA Key
to Rome

Contributor: I reviewed hotels, restaurants and activities in the Eternal City for the Automotive Association. The project was masterminded by The Content Works, a London-based media company. (AA 2003)

Updated May 2009

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