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Based full-time in Orlando, Florida (but with regular travels in the Americas and Europe), Simon (from the UK) and Susan (from the Midwest) form a unique and insightful writing business, both individually and as a dynamic team. Their basic ethos is to lead readers by the hand into the varied and complex world of travel, to ensure everyone gets a full and valid perspective on their many subjects, and also to provide a positive and user-friendly destination insight. They can turn their hand to any written media, and have frequently been told their books and travel articles are "like having a good and knowledgeable friend take us around." Their Brit Guide titles to Orlando and Disneyland Paris have garnered numerous accolades (including Best Guidebook with the British Guild of Travel Writers) but, more importantly, have been the No 1 titles on their destinations for many years with the people who count most - their readers. Separately, Simon and Susan have carved out distinctive and highly informative styles for themselves, while together they are among the world's most distinguished and prolific travel teams.

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Author, Editor, Writer 

Sports and travel writer Simon has been in the journalism business since 1981 and was the original founder of the Brit Guide travel book series with UK publishers Foulsham in the mid-1990s. He quickly discovered sport and travel were good companions as he developed the Brit's Guide series in tandem with his specialty for American sports coverage with several British newspapers. His acclaimed freelance writing has grown to include a huge variety of outlets, from major British newspapers The Sun, Mail on Sunday, Daily Express, The Telegraph and The Independent to specialty publications like RCI Holiday, Essentially America and World of Cruising magazine (which he also edited from 1999-2014). He has featured on BBC TV's Holiday programme, various UK regional radio stations, and Fox 35 TV in Orlando, while he also writes the View From America column for Other outlets include the Internet, web pages for the likes of Attraction Tickets Direct and Orlando Attractions magazine. Simon has also partnered with wife Susan on various writing projects, and their travels together continue to provide a rich source of inspiration for articles and books.  A committed and lifelong devotee of travel in all its forms, Simon is never happier than when detailing his observations and thoughts, and his one big ambition is to tour the vast and inhospitable tracts of Antarctica. As final proof of the perfect compatability of travel and sport, Simon's formative years were spent in Southern Africa, where his family lived for seven years, and he was national junior tennis champion in 1975 and '76 - in Botswana!

You can see more about Simon on his LinkedIn page on this link; or contact him at
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Author, Writer, Webmaster 

Susan Veness is an international travel writer, solo author of the hugely successful The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World and its two follow-up titles and co-author in the Brit Guide travel book series, having decided that writing holds more fascination than her degree in Bioenergetic medicine. She was among the first (very young!) visitors to Walt Disney World in 1971 and has maintained a keen interest in Orlando, Disney and the theme parks ever since, giving rise to an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Mouse-like. Her eye for detail and Disney savvy led her to becoming a contributor to a major (unofficial) Disney website and discussion forum, which she then parlayed into a job with the Brit Guide travel series as principal research assistant on their Orlando title in 2001. Working with US-based author Simon Veness, their professional relationship developed into a fully-fledged partnership in every sense, and Susan has also expanded her writing horizons in recent years. She now contributes to a wide range of sources, from the Internet to magazines, and writes both individually as well as with husband Simon. Recent credits include online content as an Orlando expert for Attraction Tickets Direct, Orlando Attractions magazine and (jointly) for RCI Holiday magazine and the Telegraph and Mail on Sunday in the UK, as well as an appearance for The History Channel in their America's Book of Secrets series. She is also the webmaster of Together, Susan and Simon's travels take them widely throughout the USA, plus the UK, Disneyland Paris and other parts of Europe, as well as the Caribbean and South America. Her ambition is to spend a year just touring Europe, write all about it and then, possibly, get some sleep.

You can see more about Susan on her LinkedIn page on this link, or contact her at
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