Author, geek and world-explorer, Maria Staal was born in the Netherlands where she studied construction engineering and became a specialist in architectural history. Her love of travel led her to embark on not one, but two ocean crossings on container ships, which in turn led to an impromptu job working for a shipping company writing guidebooks for passengers. Her latest book, 'Times Zones, Conainers and Three Square Meals a Day' is a narrative travelogue and an account of the time she spent working on the ships.
Maria also blogs about her experiences as a writer and world traveler at http://www.mariastaal.com/ and about her quest to learn more about a saintly ancestor at a new site set to launch very soon.
You can purchase her first two books at http://www.ftkpublishing.co.uk/, and follow Maria on twitter at http://twitter.com/mariastaal