Featuring Local High and Low Desert Artists

By DeAnn Lubell

Today’s featured artist is the amazing travel writer Kathy Strong.  Kathy’s latest book is a must have for adventure lovers.  It is called Secret Southern California – A Guide to Unique Places.  Kathy is like a travel detective unearthing the most unusual places to explore.  Drive a musical road that plays the William Tell Overture; hike to an abandoned zoo; explore a shipwreck off the Orange County coast; and more.  Her book is a city-by-city guide of places to visit.

Kathy has been a travel writer for more than 30 years, having written or contributed to more than 20 guidebooks and countless magazine features, covering all areas of the world. Her own books sold in bookstores nationally are: Southern California: Off the Beaten Path; Recommended Bed & Breakfasts: California; Driving the Pacific Coast: California; Driving the Pacific Coast: Washington and Oregon; and The Seattle Guidebook. Strong was also the author of Recommended Island Inns: The Caribbean. Her latest travel book, Secret Southern California, is a culmination of the native Southern Californian’s knowledge and love for the off-the-beaten-path treasures of the southern part of the state, as well as “secret, authentic” finds at every turn.


Her Gannett/USA network newspaper column, GOING MY WAY, appeared in the newspaper travel sections for a decade. Strong also was a regular contributor to USA Today’s travel magazine, “GoEscape.” She has also been a contributor to Forbes Travel Guide and USA Today weekly magazine.

Kathy’s latest travel reveal is a new online travel website: PS Wish You Were Here (www.pswishyouwereheretravel.com ) that covers both national and international travel news and explorations. Email Kathy at kathystrong@live.com

Secret Southern California – A Guide to Unique Places can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Kathy Strong profile photo credit: Sonia Stewart
Cover Secret Southern California photo credit: David Potaczala
Photo book covers photo credits: Kathy Strong

DeAnn Lubell is a publicist, writer, novelist, photographer, artist, and event planner.  Lubell has written for several publications including The Desert Sun, The Palm Springs Life Magazine, and others.  Her published works include a novelette Nightmare Island; educational books for Little Folk Visuals; historical novel The Last Moon has won five national awards and three international awards including a gold medal first place for historical fiction from Reader’s Favorites and the first-place winner in the category of history at the 2016 Amsterdam Book Festival.  Her landscape photography and art images can be viewed and purchased on fineartamerica.com. She is a publicist for nonprofits, including her own, Amy’s Purpose at www.amyspurpose.net.