J. Butler Kyle began writing long before she was crisscrossing the United States with her husband. With thousands and thousands of hours traveling America’s roads, she would pour over maps and read aloud the local history and flavor of the country they were seeing, researching things to see and do along the route.
She wrote her first "book" in junior high. Later in high school, she was sports editor of the school newspaper and wrote a weekly column for the town's daily newspaper. This was unique because in the 70s, at the newspaper, there were few female contributors and there had never been a sports column.
J. went on to write for several publications, Aviation USA and RV Life. She is quite qualified as her employment had been in aviation, including fourteen years as Crew Chief on a firefighting Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT). Her husband traveled for his job, allowing them to live in an RV for nearly twenty-four years. They have lived in over one hundred different locations across the country.
When they settled on an island in the Gulf of Alaska, J. wrote a monthly newsletter for the Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce and helped create the Prince of Wales Island visitors guide. She also expanded the Southeast Alaska section of The Milepost, something she's proud of.
J. has written several travel guides for family and friends, one down Mexico’s Baja, and another across I-80- Reno, NV to Kansas City, MO. No Exit Necessary: Reno, NV to Adelanto, CA is her first published guide. She has also ghost-written three memoirs for two amazing women and one extraordinary gentleman.
Northern Nevada is where J. calls home with said husband, family of kitties, and whatever strays wander in. She loves to garden, capture photographs, and of course travel. J. once helped evacuate a casino of its cash, but that’s another story.