Amy practiced law in Virginia before moving to Los Angeles to try to break in as a screenwriter. If you listen carefully, you can still hear the horrified screams of her parents echoing through the space-time continuum. After a stint as a writer’s assistant on Law & Order: SVU, she jumped into freelance writing, focusing on travel, food, and the outdoors.

She has hiked, biked, and paddled across Southern California, the Southwest, New England, and the South. Her top picks for U.S. adventure include the cables of Half Dome, the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, the road to the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, the Gauley River during dam release, and the doorbell at the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

Amy has authored or co-authored more than 50 books for Lonely Planet, including Arizona, Los Angeles Encounter, Los Angeles & Southern California, Caribbean Islands, Discover Maui, Hawaii, Florida & The South’s Best Trips, New England’s Best Trips, Southwest USA, Texas, and USA. She has also written for Backpacker, BBC.com, Every Day with Rachael Ray, theknot.com, Lonely Planet Magazine, Redbook, Sierra, Vegetarian Times, and Women’s Health. Amy’s essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Southern Living, the Washington Post, and the travel anthologies Go Your Own Way and The Thong Also Rises. She thanks you for reading this far.

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Books in order of publication:

Los Angeles Encounter2009
Lonely Planet USA2010
48 Hours in St. Louis: City Trip from USA’s Best Trips Travel Guide2011
48 hours in Los Angeles: City Trip from USA’s Best Trips Travel Guide2011
Arizona2011
Discover California2011
Lonely Planet Southwest USA2012
Lonely Planet Western USA2012
Southwest USA2012
Southwest USA’s Best Trips: 32 Amazing Road Trips2014
Discover Maui2014
Lonely Planet Western USA2014
Lonely Planet San Antonio, Austin Texas Backcountry Road Trips2016
Lonely Planet Civil War Trail Road Trips2016
Lonely Planet Best of USA2016
Lonely Planet New England Fall Foliage Road Trips2016
Lonely Planet Discover Hawaii2017
Lonely Planet Best of Hawaii2017
Lonely Planet Pocket Austin2018
Lonely Planet Georgia & the Carolinas2019