His first pitch to The Mountaineers Books, a guidebook on Eastern Washington’s Kettle Range, was rejected, but later it became his first book after all when the nonprofit group Conservation Northwest enlisted him to write it for an advocacy effort — an arty, photo-heavy title (“Columbia Highlands”) that The Mountaineers ultimately co-published.
The Mountaineers eventually recruited Romano, owner of two cats, to author a guide to hiking with dogs in Eastern Washington. He later coauthored a wildflowers guide with Karen Sykes. His thoroughness and zeal made him a natural choice to take on the day-hiking series.
‘Craig brought a lot of fresh ideas on how to improve the [100 Hikes] books, and an amazing amount of energy and enthusiasm,’ says Helen Cherullo, publisher of The Mountaineers Books. ‘He’s like a hummingbird after a triple shot.'”