Who is Lucy Tobias?
Lucy discovers Florida with stories, illustrations and photographs about parks, manatees, sea turtles, traveling with your dog, funky towns, great walks, museums, and Florida gardens gone wild.
She is available for book signings and energetic Powerpoint presentations about any her books or the process of getting published in the digital age.
Background: Award-winning reporter, environmental writer, and photographer Lucy Beebe Tobias retired after 23 years with New York Times newspapers in Florida to pursue adventures in both wild and great places yearning to be discovered in Florida.
Lucy was part of a team chosen by Audubon of Florida to do a campaign called 53 Parks in 53 Days to highlight all the parks DEP had proposed for closure, and in October 2011 received a Volunteer of the Year award from Audubon of Florida for this work.
Her first book “50 Great Walks in Florida” published by University Press of Florida in 2008, was selected to be part of their Wild Florida series. It takes you on short but significant jaunts to fascinating places all over the state. Want to know more? Invite Lucy for a fun talk and book signing to your group. The pictures are fabulous. And let’s take a walk! “50 Great Walks in Florida” is listed on UPF’s bestselling back list.
In 2011 her book “Florida Gardens Gone Wild” debuted as both a print and e book available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and her website.
Lucy served up videos, blogs and stories about real Florida as Authentic Florida Expert for two years at www.VisitFlorida.com
She continues unique travel, gardening and environment adventures at www.LucyTobias.com. You can sign up for her Saturday Morning magazine (free) that comes in your e mail once a month – things to do around Florida. To subscribe, go to www.LucyTobias.com
Her stand alone e book, published December 2012 is “10 Florida Great Walks Around Gainesville and Ocala” and is available on Kindle.
“Mary Margaret Manatee” a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Lucy Tobias will be published September 23, 2013 by Sea Aster Press. There is a delightful book promo video on the MMM site (click the title at the beginning of this sentence to go to the site and see the video).
Her motto is: “Off the couch and out the door into undiscovered Florida, and take your dog with you!”
Lucy is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Meanwhile she is researching how to do hydroponics and aquaponics together in her back yard. Fun!
At the end of the day, it is all about going native and embracing this amazing space called Florida.
She is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota and the Gulf Coast Community Choir