About Heather Stimmler-Hall
Born just outside Philadelphia, Heather grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona where she was Teen Correspondent at the Phoenix Gazette (1992-1993). She studied journalism, political science and environmental policy at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota (1993-1997) and the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas in Paris (1995-1996), where she moved permanently after graduating in 1997. After working for 17 years in the Paris travel industry as an author, tour guide and publisher, in 2016 she became the Media Director for the non-profit marine conservation group Sea Shepherd Global.
Travel Writing 1999-2016
After working as the editorial assistant at the Carleton News Bureau (1993-1997), her first professional position in Paris was as Travel Editor for the website of ELLE Magazine (1999). Freelance since 2001, she has written for many international publications and websites including Fodor’s Guides, Michelin Guides, Robb Report, Expedia.com, easyJet inflight magazine, Time Out Guides, United Airways inflight magazine, The Guardian (UK), France Magazine, Rick Steves, Hotelier International, ELLE, L’Officiel and Avalon’s Moon Metro Guides, in addition to her own website and newsletter, Secrets of Paris, which has over 24k subscribers. See a selection of writing clips here.
Tour Guide 2004-2016
In 2004 Heather became a tour guide, working for EF Tours, Backroads, and Context Travel, before starting her own Secrets of Paris Tours in 2006 to focus on private, custom tours of Paris for individuals and small groups.
Indie Publisher 2007-2016
In 2007 Secrets of Paris created its own independent publishing house, Fleur de Lire Press, which has published the award-winning travel book “Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City”, the iPhone app and eBook “Paris Pastry” with cookbook author David Lebovitz, and the eBook “Secrets of Versailles: A Visitor’s Survival Guide”.
Public Speaking 2006-2016
Besides her work presenting to groups of all ages as a Paris tour guide and travel author, Heather is also available as keynote speaker, panelist participant, and event emcee on all topics covering writing, publishing, living and working in France, and the Paris tourism industry. Former appearances include:
- Guest speaker at the Metropolitan Club in San Francisco
- Keynote speaker for the Toastmasters International annual meeting in Paris
- Master of Ceremonies at the “Vin & Vibes at Verjus” to benefit SOS Helpline
- Panelist at Expat Expo writer’s panel on “Living & Working in Paris”
- Panelist of writers at the “Sex & the City Café” as part of the official launch events for SATC2 in Paris
- Keynote speaker for the AAWE Holiday Luncheon
- Panelist at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris, “Writers at the Residence” to benefit SOS Helpline (see video clip here)
- Guest Speaker at the American Embassy in Paris’ Brown Bag Lunch
- Presenter at the “Bloom Where You’re Planted” conference at the American Church of Paris on the topic of “Escaping the City: Outdoor Activities in the Ile-de-France”
Print, Radio & Podcast Interviews
- Interview on Classic 102.7FM radio in South Africa, "Paris in the Springtime"
- Interview on Inspirelle about my career path
- Interview on Tranquility du Jour about how I ended up in Paris
- Interviewed for 365Docobites about learning to love Paris.
- Interviewed by BBC Radio 5’s show “Up All Night” about selfies sticks in Paris museums
- Interviewed for the KCBS (San Francisco) morning show on being “An American in Paris”
- Interviewed several times on the K&K Podcast
Heather has also appeared as a Paris expert on several television programs:
- ABC Primetime series “What Would You Do?” hosted by John Quinones, in the Paris episode “The Ugly Americans” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
- Travel Channel series “Church Secrets and Legends” in their second episode on the “Notre Dame Cathedral Mystery”.
- Playboy Channel series “69 Sexy Things to Do Before You Die” in the Paris episode: “Look Mom, I’m on Playboy TV!” (my blog post from the filming).
- Next Stop Paris (Researcher, not appearing in the series).