Moon Dallas & Fort Worth author Jonanna Widner was born in Fort Worth and raised on a steady diet of Tex-Mex, barbecue ribs, and the Dallas Cowboys. She still calls the Dallas-Fort Worth area home, where she works as a freelance writer and editor. We asked her to share some of her Texas pride and her best DFW-area travel advice. Herewith, her answers. Enjoy!
Moon Mumbai & Goa author Janhavi Acharekar was born and raised in Mumbai. She has written for a number of publications including Condé Nast Traveler, The Times of India, and cleartrip.com. Acharekar is also the author of Window Seat, a collection of short stories on Mumbai. We asked her to share some of her best travel tips and she was happy to help.
Moon Atlanta author Tray Butler has always considered Atlanta home. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he moved to Midtown and landed a job as an arts and entertainment reporter for Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s alternative weekly newspaper. He relocated to Manhattan for a period of time, but returned to Atlanta. A freelance writer and illustrator, he now splits his time between London and Atlanta.
Moon Brazil author Michael Sommers first traveled to Brazil at the age of four. His first memory of Rio de Janeiro is that of being served a glistening orange wedge of papaya in the grand dining room at the Hotel Glória. Twenty years later he returned to Brazil, and eventually settled down in Salvador, where he works as writer and journalist. He has yet to master the art of preparing feijoada (Brazil’s national stew), but he does make a mean caipirinha.
Laura Martone divides her time between New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Michigan—where she spends her summers. Her love for the state lures her back every year. Over the years, she’s searched for Petoskey stones along the shores of Lake Superior, picked wild blueberries in the woods of the Lower Peninsula, toured an active GM truck plant in the Flint area, and attended the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City. She is the author of Moon Michigan.
After several trips to Russia as students and tourists, Jennifer Chater and Nathan Toohey decided to move to St. Petersburg in 1998. Russia's financial crisis prompted their move to prosperous Moscow, where they’ve lived ever since. For the past decade, they’ve worked mostly at Moscow's only daily English-language newspaper, The Moscow Times, covering everything from real estate to restaurants. Recently, they joined Moscow’s English-language weekly, The Moscow News. Both travel extensively around Russia for work and play, yet find nothing more enjoyable than discovering and rediscovering little-known gems. Nothing more, that is, than acquainting readers with these discoveries. They are the authors of Moon Moscow & St. Petersburg.
Tom Stienstra is the nation's top-selling author of outdoors guidebooks. He’s been inducted into the California Outdoor Hall of Fame, and has twice been awarded National Outdoor Writer of the Year. He’s been named California Outdoor Writer of the Year six times, most recently in 2008. Stienstra is the outdoors columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and the author of Moon California Camping and Moon Northern California Camping. We recently asked him why camping is gaining popularity, and for some of his expert outdoors tips—and he happily obliged.
Liz Hamill Scott was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After getting her English degree at Stanford University, she pursued her love of dining and travel throughout the golden state and beyond. Exploring the length and breadth of California to write Moon California gave Hamill Scott the chance to fall in love with her home state all over again.
Mindy Sink has lived in Denver off and on since graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She tried living elsewhere, but Denver always fit just right. For over ten years she's written about Denver and the greater Rocky Mountain region, and is an expert on the area. Her blog is http://moondenver.blogspot.com/. We asked her to share some insider tips and recommendations, and she was happy to help!
Moon Austin, San Antonio & The Hill Country author Justin Marler’s first encounter with Austin was through music. While on tour with his band, he stopped in Austin, performing at famed venue Emo’s. After touring, he landed his first publishing deal, but before finishing the manuscript he entered an Eastern Orthodox monastery. After seven years as a monk, he returned to “the world”. Today he lives in Austin, where he works as a freelance writer, graphic designer, illustrator, and musician in the band Black Veil Choir.