Cathy Salustri
Gulfport, Florida

Bio: Cathy Salustri, author of 'Backroads of Paradise' and Arts & Entertainment editor for Creative Loafing Tampa, works out of Gulfport, Florida. Her travels take her on foot, bike, boat, or car to places the Interstate bypassed long ago, as well as those spots where natural beauty has survived the onslaught of overpopulation. She attended the University of Central Florida, and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa before embarking on the adventure that is the Florida Studies Master’s program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Cathy has written travel pieces for USA Today, Visit Florida, regional magazines and local press. Under the guidance of Florida scholar and writer Gary Mormino, Cathy wrote what she calls “possibly the least academic master’s thesis ever,” logging almost 5,000 miles retracing driving tours from the WPA Federal Writer’s Project Guide to the Southernmost State in search of Florida’s forgotten destinations. She is currently under contract with the University Press of Florida for a second book about the best and overlooked parts of Florida. She expects it out (hopefully) before the end of the free world. She’s also working on a series of pulp fiction novels about a mythical Florida town.

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