A native of Houston, Texas, Laurie Roddy has been writing for more than 25 years on everything from computers to the outdoors. She ran her own company, Roddy Communications, Inc. for 11 years after working as a technical writer for Compaq Computer Corporation for 10 years. She now freelances for several Houston-area magazines and recently completed the book 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston. Her main interests and current writing career include hiking, kayaking, golf, the outdoors, writing non-profit profiles, and traveling. She has hiked the Rocky Mountains, Mount Olympia, Mount Rainier, the Davis Mountains, Big Bend National Park, the Smokey Mountains, St. Johns in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all around the Houston area. She currently resides in Houston with her husband, Jim, and son, Mitch.