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One traveler's unexpected journey

A non-fiction writer since her teens, Lynne Foster’s first book, Mountaineering Basics, appeared in the early 1980s. Since then, she has had several more books published, including: Adventuring in the California Desert, Exploring the Grand Canyon, and Take a Hike! The Sierra Club Kids’ Guide to Hiking & Backpacking. Her latest book is Wonders of Southern Scotland: A Guide to 35 Top Historic & Prehistoric Sites, published in March 2014. Two more regional guides -- Wonders of Central & Northern Scotland and Wonders of Scotland's Western & Northern Isles -- will be published in 2019.

After winning several high school essay contests and acquiring the necessary university degrees, Ms. Foster had a number of professional lives. In the dark ages of her first youth, she was a microbiologist. Later she came to the precarious profession of freelance writer via several serendipitous subprofessions -- freelance editor, newsletter editor, medical editor, managing editor of a linguistics journal, and college English instructor. Eventually she tired of editing other people’s books and decided to write her own.

The daughter of peripatetic parents, Ms. Foster confesses that her home-grown travel addiction has gotten the best of her during the past few decades. During this time, she has been casting her modest royalty income to the four winds and has traveled extensively in Britain, Egypt, Ireland, the American southwest, and Alaska.

Between trips to research travel guides, Ms. Foster’s spare time is whiled away giving presentations on her books and travels or volunteering as newsletter editor for her regional Sierra Club chapter.

Ms. Foster is a member of The Authors’ Guild, The Society of Authors (UK), The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and The American Association of University Women.