Sylvia Nilsen is a South African freelance writer who has been published in numerous local and international publications.
She worked as a research agent and editor for a UK-based travel guide publisher and produced several African city and country guides.
Sylvia has walked over 5 000 km of pilgrimage trails in Europe including France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. As part of her research for this book she walked from Paris to Spains and from Roncesvalles to Santiago. She has also walked from Lourdes to Pamplona and from Switzerland to Rome on the Via Francigena pilgrimage trail.
With amaWalkers Camino (Pty) Ltd she leads small groups of pilgrims on slackpacking trails on the Camino Frances in Spain. This is her 7th book, but her first novel.