The bio requested in the Author Questionnaire will be included in your book.
Requirements: Your author bio must be a complete, concise (no more than 250 words) autobiographical statement in the third person. Include your previous writing experience, as well as any pertinent information about your educational background, professional expertise, or interests/hobbies. All examples below are under 250 words (Carolyn’s is 249!).
When writing your bio, consider the following: What is your connection with the destination? Your bio should reflect the book’s region or coverage. Have you had any interesting or unique (positive) experiences in your book’s region?
This photo will be included in your book and used with publicity materials or to accompany any content excerpted on Moon.com.
Requirements: Photos must be in color with high resolution (i.e. 300 dpi and printable at 2” x 3”). If you’re unfamiliar with photo specs, the bigger the better. Attach your photo separately in an email.
- DO try to provide a photo taken “on location” in your destination.
- DO appear comfortable and friendly in your photo. A casual snapshot is more appealing to our audience than a posed, portrait-style photo.
- DO make certain we can see your face (please take off those sunglasses)!
- DON’T wear clothing with recognizable logos or slogans (…however, DO wear clothing! We know you might be somewhere tropical, but please put on a shirt or top for your photo).
- DON’T take a photo in midday sun. Try and avoid harsh shadows by having both you and your photographer stand in the shade.
In selecting your photo, think of other author photos you have seen in published works and consider your own reactions to them. Visualize your photo as it would appear not only in your own book, but also next to a magazine or newspaper article about your book.
Jenna Blough grew up on the edge of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where she was allowed to run wild, which instilled a love of the outdoors early on. After her parents dragged her and her sister on a cross-country road trip of epic proportions—visiting American classics like Wall Drug in South Dakota, Mesa Verde in Colorado, and the Petrified Forest in Arizona—she developed an equal appreciation for Wild West roadside attractions, historic sites, and wilderness.
Jenna eventually found the California desert to be her geographic soul mate. Drawn by the austere beauty of Death Valley, she is fascinated by its cultural history, ghost towns, native sites, and the Mojave’s shifting landscape.
Jenna received an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology, an MA in English literature, and an MFA in writing. Moon Death Valley was her first travel book. When she’s not living out of a tent, Jenna resides in Los Angeles with her husband Ryan Jones. Visit her blog at whentheroadends.com.
Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.
Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.
A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.
Carolyn B. Heller
Carolyn B. Heller first vacationed in Ontario as a child, spending family holidays exploring the Thousand Islands, touring Canada’s tomato capital, and cruising under the spray at Niagara Falls. Later, she took her own children to Niagara, where their favorite activities were anything that involved getting wet. After moving to Canada in 2003, Carolyn began scouting out Toronto’s multicultural neighborhoods, taking in theater festivals at Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake, and discovering Ontario’s outdoors, from the Bruce Peninsula’s rocky shores to the pink cliffs of Killarney and the lakes and trails in Algonquin Provincial Park.
A full-time travel, food, and feature writer, Carolyn has contributed to more than 50 travel and restaurant guides to destinations ranging from Canada and New England to China. She’s the author of Moon Ontario, Moon Spotlight Georgian Bay & Cottage Country, and Moon Living Abroad in Canada and its companion website, livingabroadincanada.com. Her articles have appeared in Forbes Travel, Viator Travel, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, FamilyFun, Real Weddings, and Perceptive Travel, as well as the book Travelers’ Tales Paris.
Carolyn is an avid traveler and passionate food lover who has eaten on the streets, in fine restaurants, and everywhere in between in more than 40 countries. A graduate of Brown University, she lives in Vancouver with her husband and twin daughters, where you can often find her trying out a new recipe, running on the beach, practicing her storytelling skills, or struggling to learn Mandarin Chinese. Follow Carolyn’s adventures at cbheller.com and on Twitter @CarolynBHeller.