Douglas Waitley is the author of nineteen books on Americana, ranging in subject matter from regional histories to accounts of the era of steam locomotives. He wrote Florida History from the Highways and two volumes of Easygoing Guide to Natural Florida as well as the Best Backroads of Florida series, which includes The Heartland (Volume 1); Coasts, Glades, and Groves (Volume 2); and Beaches and Hills (Volume 3).