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What's up with Paula these days?



Paula McDonald is a prolific and award-winning international author/photojournalist. This thirty-year publishing-industry veteran co-hosted popular, syndicated television and radio talk shows for years, has done three national book tours and is an experienced professional speaker. Over a million copies of her first three books on relationships have been sold, all published by major American publishers. LOVING FREE was a U.S. bestseller for five consecutive months, and GUILT-FREE was a condensed-book selection by Reader's Digest. Paula's first children's book, THE LAST STRAW, appeared in bookstores in 1993 and became a fiction award winner for that year. The holiday favorite has now been made into a Christmas movie starring Corbin Bensen. A beautifully illustrated hardcover edition of this Christmas classic is now available on as well as DVDs for the movie.


Paula´s first travel book on Mexico, CROSSING THE BORDER FAST AND EASY, was published in fall of 1992 and was widely acclaimed. GUERRA, an epic poetry and art book on the futility of war was published in Mexico in November of 2000 in collaboration with Armando Gonzalez.


She has been an editor for the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and is a frequent contributor to that series worldwide, as well as being a multiple contributor to TRAVELERS' TALES, the popular travel-book series by O'Reilly & Associates.


As a popular media personality, opinion maker and inspirational speaker, she has been featured in People magazine and has appeared as a guest on many major U.S. television shows, including THE TODAY SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, LARRY KING LIVE, THE SALLY JESSE RAPHAEL SHOW, THE GORDON ELLIOTT SHOW, KPBS radio and TV, and three times on THE PHIL DONAHUE SHOW .

Reader's Digest has featured international cover stories and photos by Paula, ranging from her personal contacts with the mysterious gray whales of Mexico to her poignant encounter with an old woman in the Chinese rainforest. Her inspirational, but disturbing true story, Hero of the 'Hood attracted national media attention and is awaiting option as a movie.


In addition to the Digest, Paula is a regular feature writer for numerous national magazines, including Family Circle, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Playgirl, Bride's Magazine, Parent Life and Wine Enthusiast, as well as for top newspapers such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has had a syndicated newspaper column in 77 U.S. newspapers, along with daily syndicated television and radio shows.


Paula has been a frequent award winner in fiction, travel, and as an author, columnist and photojournalist. She's won top honors from the National Federation of Press Women and the California Press Women's Federation in the categories of Best Inspirational Book, Best Short Story, Best Magazine Article, Best Personal Column, Best Travel Series, Best Newspaper Feature, Best Photo Essay and more.


Her photos have appeared in Russia, China, South Korea, France, Canada, Germany and in periodicals throughout the world, as well as in galleries. She is a popular source of high-quality stock photography for whales and for all facets of Mexican life, travel, culture and destinations. Dynamic and inspirational wild whale photos are available for stock, posters, greeting cards or advertising.


Before moving to Mexico 25 years ago, Paula spent the previous 10 years as executive creative director of Wisconsin's largest advertising agency, where she was an award-winning writer and a highly regarded lecturer on advertising, marketing and strategic planning.


She is available for freelance writing and editing projects large and small, as well as special photo assignments and stock photography on whales and on every aspect of Mexican travel, life and culture. Contact her at or click the Contact Paula link at the bottom right.


One of her passions is photographing wild whales for stock photography and for the unique wild whale merchandise she has created for her WHALE SHOP. Whale lovers, click on her Whale Shop to see the hundreds of gifts, clothing and high-quality items for home and office.


When not traveling, Paula resides happily on the ocean in Puerto Escondido, on Mexico's far south Pacific coast, seven hours drive (on a bumpy road) beyond Acapulco. Her office may be virtual, but the sea, just a few steps away, is real. She works to the sound of the surf every day.

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Paula McDonald
PMB 724
416 W. San Ysidro Blvd., Suite L
San Ysidro, CA 92173-2443.
U.S. Vonage phone: (619) 207-4506 b
Skype ID: eieiho