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Laurie Bain Wilson
Laurie Bain Wilson
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My father wrote “Coffee, Tea or Me?” when I was nine years old. I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone. He was the ghoswriter and his “real” names were Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones, the names of the two fictitious stewardesses on the book’s cover. I was so embarrassed by Coffee, Tea or Me? It was a racy book for its time and I was a young girl who loved “Little House on the Prarie” more than anything else with Ma and Pa and everything that “Coffee, Tea or Me?” wasn’t. The book went on to top the New York Times bestseller list for an entire year. I wasn’t quite sure why it was a big secret that he wrote it and I was even more confused why my dad was pretending he was a woman, or worse, two women.

Today, decades later, I’m very proud that my dad wrote that book and I try to follow in his footsteps (although, because he is a ghostwriter, I’m not sure that ghosts leave footprints, do they?).

Not only did I become a writer. But I fell in love with the travel industry—perhaps, inspired by the “stewardesses” of Coffee, Tea or Me?”—and became a travel writer, crisscrossing the globe on assignment for magazines for almost two decades now.

I have written many family-friendly travel articles and books. I am the author of New York City with Kids (Open Road/Simon & Schuster,) New York City Made Easy (Open Road/Simon and Schuster,) selected as a member of the Forbes Book Club; and The Unofficial Guide to New England and New York with Kids (Wiley & Sons), which made Barnes and Noble’s Top Ten Family Travel bestseller list. I am also a contributing author to How to Organize Just About Everything (Weldon Owen) and to several Murder, She Wrote books. And I have written hundreds of newspaper, magazine and online articles (travel, parenting, health, baseball) for The Travel Channel, travelmuse.com, nearsay.com celebratewithstyle.com, The Boston Herald, The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Woman’s Day, Parents, Parenting, Sesame Street Parent and many others. I was also a travel editor at a New York-based national consumer magazine for nine years.

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