Living on a remote coral atoll for five years with no phone, plumbing and limited solar electricity prevented Celeste from getting an early start in her writing career - although it sounds idyllic, washing laundry by hand, digging your own well and sustenance fishing takes a big chunk out of one's day. Since moving back to 'civilization,' which is a small village in the southeast of Tahiti, Celeste has juggled a career in black pearl marketing and raising two children, with her passion for writing. Nowadays, her kids are a bit bigger (in the mud slinging, bike riding phase) and she devotes her work time entirely to writing. Her travel articles have appeared in Islands and Voyageur magazines, the online site GoNomad.com and she is a regular contributer to the widely syndicated newspaper column Travels with Lonely Planet. She has co-written Lonely Planet guidebooks to Tahiti & French Polynesia, The South Pacific, South America and Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, South East Asia (2008) and Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang (2008) as well as The Lonely Planet Guide to the Middle of Nowhere, Blue List 2007, A Perfect Day and a slew of web content for Lonely Planet. Although she loves guidebook work and travel writing her real passion is the travel narrative and her work has appeared in the Travelers' Tales anthologies The World as a Kitchen and 30 Days in the South Pacific. She is currently working on a collection of travel stories as well as Lonely Planet's Travel with Children (2009).
Before escaping to the South Pacific, Celeste worked as a gorilla observer at the San Francisco Zoo, a Thai translator in a California grade school, an English teacher in South East Asia, an artist's model in Singapore and a prop sculptor for a catering company. She speaks fluent French as well as mediocre Spanish, Thai, Tahitian and Indonesian and has traveled to over 25 countries across five continents and a lot of ocean.