NANCY HOYT BELCHER
After graduating from California State University
at Long Beach with a B.A. in journalism, she
worked briefly as a
Belcher has been freelancing ever since.
Originally she primarily wrote features, business and personality
profile stories, but turned to travel writing in 1978 after she joined the
marketing department of Air New Zealand in Los Angeles and fell in love
with travel to the South Pacific.
Today travel writing is her specialty. She writes about almost anything related to travel -- from 200-word front-of-the-book fillers to 2,500-word destination stories -- but particularly enjoys writing about festivals, special events, national and state parks, and historic, offbeat and soft adventure travel.
the mid-1980s, when editors started asking for pictures to illustrate her
stories, she took up photography.
Today she is an award-winning travel photographer
with photo credits in dozens of national newspapers and magazines (with
hundreds of photos featured on page one of newspaper travel sections and
on magazine covers), as well as in guidebooks, brochures, textbooks,
postcards, catalogues and calendars.
Photography now accounts for about 65% of her
Belcher is a native Californian and with the
exception of a 14-year