Hilary Davidson was a journalist. She got her start as an intern at Harper’s Magazine in New York and then joined the staff of Canadian Living magazine in Toronto. After deciding she’d rather write than edit, she left her day job to freelance full-time.
Her first travel article — for The Globe & Mail — was about New Orleans cemeteries; her second was about the brothels of Pompeii. Travel writing allowed her to explore destinations from Thailand to Peru, and from Israel to Easter Island.
Hilary went on to write 18 nonfiction books (17 of them for Frommer’s Travel Guides) and articles for wide array of publications including Discover, Martha Stewart Weddings, American Archaeology, Fitness, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, and CNN Travel. Her love of travel often intersects with her dark side, as in this infamous piece she wrote for CNN.
Her work is still influenced by her love of travel. Many of her short stories feature international destinations. Her second novel, The Next One to Fall, paints such a vivid picture of Peru’s Sacred Valley that the country’s tourism bureau bought hundreds of copies to give out at trade shows. And her next novel, Her Last Breath, is partially set in [name redacted because of spoilers, but it’s one of the places featured in the photo galley].