Who is Peggy

picBioI am a native Californian and met my husband while we were both attending Loyola Marymount University. Following graduation, we married and continued to live in Los Angeles while raising our family.

Once our children were older, career moves allowed us to live in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin Texas and San Diego before finally returning after sixteen years, to Los Angeles. With grandchildren living in the Los Angeles environs, there was enticement to return home and be active in their lives.

Writing is my third career, although the interest developed from writing endeavors in former industries. My professional life commenced in the social services field, and adding a Master’s Degree in Human Services, enhanced my skill base as an executive. The administrative responsibilities afforded me the opportunity to compose and create technical and operational handbooks for staff, board members, and service volunteers in a number of name-recognized agencies.

My second career in the travel industry spanned more than twenty-five years and encompassed owning a number of travel management companies. Highlights included the co-founding of a marketing consortium for small full-service and cruise travel agencies and independent contractors. Our nationwide network represented more than 5,000 sellers of travel with annual sales over $180 million. The preferred contracts were personally negotiated and incorporated name-recognized worldwide travel products. Responsibilities included writing daily travel advisories, supplier updates, important worldwide travel news and a personal bi-weekly e-news column.

I maintain an ambitious travel schedule, consult in the travel industry and hold the  position as Travel Editor for Hers Magazine based in Atlanta. I write travel feature articles for the magazine and have a column on the website called “Travel-Hers” for all things travel.

While my past professions cultivated and enriched my interest in writing, I have expanded my attention into fiction with the publication of my debut novel, Son of my Father – A Family Dynasty. My background with upscale and luxury travel and products, served as cornerstones in the character development and storyline of my book. Currently, l’m working on the second book in this Family Dynasty series.

In addition to writing, l’m very active in the non-profit arena, currently holding two board positions. My passions are family, travel, exercise, entertaining, writing and reading.

Please feel free to contact me at:

Peggy@peggyhattendorf.com – for writing questions, general information or to learn more about my book.


travel@hers-magazine.com – for travel related matters including travel supplier advertising rates or topics and destinations you would like to see featured in the magazine. Are you in a specialized part of the travel industry? Do you have an interesting travel story to share? I’m always on the lookout for good candidates to interview.