Interview with Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You

Ya’ll! Today I have Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You, at Traveling With T to talk about her debut, missed connections and more!

Let me set the scene before the interview begins…. Picture it.. Sicily 1922… No really, it was around October/November 2016 and an early copy of Almost Missed You arrived at my house. I devoured it. And quickly wrote this Goodreads review!

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Interview with Samantha Hayes, author of Until You’re Mine

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Hello, hello! As you know, all this week at Traveling With T and Ivory Owl Reviews– we’ve teamed up to discuss the heck out of the book UNTIL YOU’RE MINE by Samantha Hayes (released April 15, 2014!) When me and Rhiannon were talking about things we wanted to feature this week, an interview was definitely something that was high on the list. Guess what? We (and ya’ll!) got lucky and scored an interview with Samantha Hayes. Read on for Samantha’s thoughts about writing, some authors she enjoys, and the inspiration for UNTIL YOU’RE MINE.

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Author Interview: Elizabeth Maxwell, author of HAPPILY EVER AFTER (& a giveaway!)

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Today, today, today…. Traveling With T has author Elizabeth Maxwell, author of HAPPILY EVER AFTER, hanging out at the blog! I recently read (and pretty much devoured) my review copy of HAPPILY EVER AFTER (note: Do not read in the dentist office if you are prone to laughing out loud #truestory) and I enjoyed it so much, so I was excited to get to chat with Elizabeth. And then…. when I found out there could be a giveaway (well you know how I feel about that! ♥♥♥♥ ) Even better… TWO COPIES to be given away! Two! Count them, two! Twins! Doubles! 2 times the happiness! Continue reading

Author Interview: Samara O’Shea, author of LOVES ME…NOT

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Today, on Traveling With T, I had the pleasure of an interview with Samara O’Shea. Samara is an author and her recent book is LOVES ME…NOT: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in the Face of Unrequited Love . Samara also is a contributor to Huffington Post– most notably for these 2 articles: Interview With An Adulterer and How Many Marriages End in Happily Ever AfterContinue reading

Author Interview: Ariel Lawhon author of THE WIFE, THE MAID & THE MISTRESS

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Today, I have the lovely Ariel Lawhon stopping by to talk a bit at Traveling With T. Ever look at someone and think “How does she do it all?” Ariel is one of those people. She writes, she is one the creative geniuses behind She Reads, she has 4 kids and she’s a force to be reckoned with on social media. Ariel inspires me daily.

Ariel’s debut novel, THE WIFE, THE MAID and THE MISTRESS (read my review here) has book lovers all a-twitter! Political corruption, scandal, showgirls, and a missing judge- plus 3 women who all have their own reasons for keeping what they know about the judge secret- book clubs, you have met your next book (you’re welcome!)  Continue reading

Interview with Adria J. Cimino, author of Paris, Rue des Martyrs

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Adria J. Cimino is here today to talk to Traveling With T about her debut novel, Paris, Rue des Martyrs- which can be purchased at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and coming soon to Apple IBookstore.

Interview with Adria J. Cimino

Adria, thank you for stopping by Traveling With T to talk about your book, Paris, Rue des Martyrs.


It’s my pleasure! Thank you for inviting me to chat!


Adria, can you tell the readers a little bit about Paris, Rue des Martyrs?

Paris, Rue des Martyrs is actually four stories in one: Four strangers, each at a crossroads of sorts, find their lives and stories entwining. The novel is about the importance of relationships and how certain encounters can change the course of our lives. And it is a commentary about city life: While the city may represent liberation for one, it can mean oppression for another.


Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes… and no. I’ll explain. I always wanted to write, but was an extremely shy bookworm as a child. So the idea of actually sharing what I wrote with anyone was terrifying. Especially the idea of fiction, which to me is a lot more personal than the news articles I’ve written as a journalist. Luckily, I lost a bit of the shyness and couldn’t resist the temptation to follow my heart.


Do you have a writing space or a writing routine?

I wrote a lot of “Paris, Rue des Martyrs” in the commuter train at 6 a.m.! And then, once we moved into Paris, I wrote on the weekends. Now that I’m no longer working full-time in an office, I have the luxury of writing for a shorter time each day. So no more two-day writing marathons! My writing space is the dining room table. Apartments are often small in Paris 🙂


What is the best advice that you received in your journey to be an author?

From my mom, who I so wish was still around to see my book published. She told me never to give up, never to even think about the possibility of failure.


Today, many authors are not only writing books- but they are having to build a following on social media. How are you using social media to help find a fan base?

I think social media is absolutely essential today for both new and established authors. I’m on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. I post on my blog twice a week and regularly visit my favorite book and travel-related blogs. I’m also on Google+. And I never, ever send out generic messages. If I don’t have time to send someone a personal message, I won’t send a message at all.

I realize that for any success that I may have, I will have to thank social media and especially the book blogging community. Sure, you can be a good writer, but if no one knows about you…


What was the best part about writing Paris, Rue des Martyrs?

The best part of writing this novel was re-examining life in Paris from four completely different points of view and making those perspectives of the city convincing and real. It was challenging and a lot of fun!

Adria, can you tell the readers of Traveling With T about any future book plans?

Sure, since I’ve been seriously writing for more than a decade, I actually have two novels waiting in the wings. I have to remain vague at this point, but I can say that one is about the role of destiny in a young woman’s life. It is set in New York and London. And the other is about a young perfumer and is set in the perfume capital of Grasse, France. (I mention the setting because location isn’t just an arbitrary decision for me, but always has a larger role in my work.)


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Some encounters make a difference.


Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the Rue des Martyrs.


Rafael’s search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile’s view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love… or so she intends.


Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel.


adria J. Cimino

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*Thanks Adria for the author interview!


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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Interview with Gigi Pandian, author of PIRATE VISHNU (plus signed bookplate promo!)

Pirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian- Henery Press

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Today, Gigi Pandian stopped by Traveling With T to talk about her latest book, PIRATE VISHNU, Jaya (her character’s) #literaryconfessions and Indiana Jones. Read on for all the details in this fun interview with Gigi. And don’t forget- after the interview, there is the info you will need to get a signed bookplate (Shut UP! I know, right?!)

Interview with Gigi Pandian, author of PIRATE VISHNU

Hi Gigi- Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed at Traveling With T!


Thanks for having me!


Can you describe Pirate Vishnu (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery) in 15 words or less?

A treasure map of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast leads to mystery and romance in India.


Why will readers connect to Jaya Jones? What sets her apart from other characters?

Jaya is a classic adventurer in the tradition of Elizabeth Peters’ strong-willed heroines, but she puts her own multicultural twist on the genre. She was born in India to an Indian mother and an American father, and grew up to be a professor of Indian history in San Francisco. She brings her experiences with her to her adventures, which helps her solve mysteries of the past linked to present-day crimes.


“Maneuvers a complicated love life she didn’t count on”- ooh, Jaya’s dealing with a love triangle! Do you, as the writer, know which part of the love triangle complements Jaya better? Or are you still deciding?

When I wrote Artifact, the first book in the series, I thought I had everything figured out. But my characters surprised me! They’ve taken on lives of their own and I’m not yet sure how they’re going to work things out. I can’t wait to find out.


RT Book Reviews says “Forget about Indiana Jones. Jaya Jones is swinging into action.” How does that make you feel? Indiana Jones is a pretty big pop culture icon- so being compared must be kind of cool!

It’s definitely exciting to see reviews comparing Jaya to Indiana Jones! When I was a kid, I created a cartoon strip called “Minnesota Smith” — the adventures of a female Indiana Jones. It’s surreal to have come full circle.


Is Jaya Jones based on anyone you know, Gigi?

I traveled with my anthropologist parents a lot when I was a kid, so I invented all sorts of mysterious treasure hunts as I played in castle ruins. When I began writing a novel I wanted to capture that spirit, so Jaya was initially based on me – but she grew into her own unique personality more than I was expecting!


What is the 1 thing that Jaya would never be without?

Jaya needs her high heels – she’s only 5 feet tall.


Does Jaya have any  #literaryconfessions?

Jaya Jones #literaryconfessions

Jaya Jones has a pretty big literary confession: She tells people she doesn’t have time to read fiction, since she’s a second-year professor who doesn’t yet have tenure, but she secretly loves classic adventure novels. She doesn’t admit to herself that she loves the thrill of the treasure hunts she gets pulled into, but her favorite novels are Victorian escapist adventures like King Solomon’s Mines.

*Thanks Gigi for a great interview!


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Gigi Pandian Bio:

Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After being dragged around the world during her childhood, she tried to escape her fate when she left a PhD program for art school. But adventurous academic characters wouldn’t stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series. The first book in the series, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012″ debut novel by Suspense Magazine. The follow-up is Pirate Vishnu. Gigi loves writing locked-room mystery short stories. Her latest, “The Hindi Houdini,” is an Agatha Award nominee for Best Short Story.

Connect with Gigi: Facebook, blog, Twitter and website.

Signed Bookplate Info:

Signed BookPlate from Gigi

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Want a signed bookplate for your copy of PIRATE VISHNU? Order PIRATE VISHNU by February 17th and email proof of purchase to: (while supplies last). For more info, visit Gigi’s site for all the details on the signed bookplate.

Where to buy PIRATE VISHNU:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, A Great Good Place for Books, & Murder By The Book.