It was a pleasure to be interviewed by both Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine this month!
You can read my interview with Awesome Gang on their website. Here’s a short preview:
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan on continuing the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series and have no shortage of choices for where to take her next. In my desk I keep a ‘future story ideas’ folder that is rather full! I already have plans for Zelda to travel to Egypt, Costa Rica and Australia in future mysteries. Now it’s a matter of deciding which story line to pursue next. I may have to add more stamps to my passport while on research trips. Writing about an avid traveler does have its benefits!
They have also added Notes of a Naive Traveler to their site. 🙂
And here is an excerpt of my interview with Book Reader Magazine. You can read it in its entirety here on their site.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love to read all sorts of fiction, though mysteries and historical fiction are my favorite genres. I also enjoy reading non-fiction travel stories written by adventurers, explorers and backpackers – especially if it is about a place I want to visit someday.
Choosing a favorite author is impossible; there are too many wonderful writers out there to pick from! I do tend to read more indie and small press books than those published by the ‘Big 5’. I find their stories are often fresher and the styles of writing more invigorating.
Books that I read as a young woman that still inspire me are Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, On the Road, The Beach, The Color Purple, Westing Game and Island of the Blue Dolphins.
My love of travel fiction starts with The Beach. I picked it up at a second-hand bookstore in Kathmandu, Nepal a few days before flying to Bangkok. Alex Garland’s descriptions of Thailand combined with his fantastic story, made me realize I could use my experiences traveling as the basis for a novel. Several years later, Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery was born.