K.M. Kostyal has worked as a senior editor at both National Geographic Magazine and the Geographic’s Book Division and as a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler. As a freelance writer and editor, she continues to work with National Geographic publications and Paraculture Books, as well as with various magazines. She’s the recipient of two Lowell Thomas Awards and a member of Ripple Effect Images. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. from the University of Virginia.