Lavinia Spalding is current series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing and author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler and With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. Lavinia lives in San Francisco, where she is a resident of the Writers’ Grotto and co-founder of the award-winning monthly travel reading series Weekday Wanderlust. Please visit her at