Born to traveler parents, Tara Austen Weaver crossed her first international border at five weeks of age. She has since lived in San Francisco, London, Vienna, high in the mountains of central Japan, and on a small island off the coast of western Canada. She first traveled to Italy as an art history student and lost her heart to Tuscany while sipping Chianti on the terrace of a friend's villa at sunset, the music of Monteverdi playing in the background. She has traveled to thirty counties and is coeditor of Travelers' Tales Tuscany. She has been published in both the U.S. and Asia, most recently in Pilgrimage: Adventures of the Spirit. When not dreaming of future travel, she works, plays, and writes near the beach, on the foggy side of San Francisco.