Kristin Harmel

Local Experts: Orlando, Kristin Harmel

Kristin Harmel is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Book of Lost Names,” “The Winemaker’s Wife,” and more than a dozen other novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and sold worldwide. Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of 16, when she began her career as a sportswriter, covering Major League Baseball and NHL hockey for a local magazine in Tampa Bay, Florida, while still attending high school. After graduating from the University of Florida, Kristin joined People as a reporter in 2000. Her long magazine writing career includes articles published in Travel + Leisure, Glamour, Men’s Health, YM, Runner's World, Every Day With Rachel Ray, and more. She was also a frequent contributor to the national television morning show The Daily Buzz and appeared on Good Morning America and several local morning shows. Kristin was born just outside Boston, Massachusetts, and spent her childhood there, as well as in Worthington, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Florida. She has also lived in Paris and Los Angeles. Today, she resides in Orlando with her husband and son. She writes a book a year for Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster and takes frequent trips to France for research.

• 10+ years of experience as a magazine writer
• Author of more than 20 books
• Co-founder and co-host of the popular weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction
• Received a bachelor’s degree in journalism (with a minor in Spanish) from the University of Florida

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