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Fiction and Memoirs written by Expats and Travelers


In a few short weeks I will be releasing Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand, excerpts from travel journals and emails I’d written while volunteering in Kathmandu and backpacking through Nepal and Thailand. This journey also served as the basis for my first novel, a travel thriller entitled Down and Out in Kathmandu.

My plan was to volunteer in Nepal for four months then backpack around Southeast Asia for another six. Things didn’t quite work out that way…

Traveling is an amazing adventure, one that can transform your world view – if you let it. Yet it can also be quite scary and lonely when you’re so far from home, especially the first time.

When I decided to set off from Seattle to Kathmandu, I was a twenty-six-year-old computer geek who didn’t have a passport because I’d never left the States. This first trip abroad ignited my wanderlust. This journey led to another and another, and after having traveled much of the world, I settled in the Netherlands and reinvented myself as an art historian.

Long-term travel and the expat experience are topics near and dear to my heart. To celebrate the impending release of Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand, I’ve asked six incredible authors, travelers and expats to share their stories.

Every Monday and Friday during the month of March, I will be featuring fascinating articles by Jill Dobbe, Melissa Burovac, Beth Green, Anne Hamilton, Annika Milisic Stanley and Pamela Allegretto – as well as an article I’ve written about claiming your place in this world – on my blog.

I hope you enjoy learning more about these incredible women in the coming weeks, in particular their expat and travel-related experiences and the influence it’s had on their life and writing.

See you Friday!


Claim an ARC (unedited review copy) of Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand on Instafreebie until March 9, 2017:

Notes of a Naive Traveler is now available as pre-order for 2.99 on Amazon:

*** The release date is currently listed as May 15, 2017, though I expect to be published by April 17, 2017.
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How Traveling Abroad Turned Me into a Writer by Melissa Burovac

Wandering'/><br /><br /><br />I have the strong feeling <a href=Melissa Burovac and I could spend many enjoyable hours swapping travel stories. After reading her excellent memoir, Wandering, I was struck by the similarities between our experiences on the road, as well as how we – as women traveling solo – reacted to the people and places we visited.

One of the things I love about Wandering is how Melissa was able to stay ‘in the moment’. After reading her article, ‘How Traveling Abroad Turned Me into a Writer’, I now understand how she did it!

How Traveling Abroad Turned Me into a Writer
By Melissa Burovac

My first experience of living in another country was a somewhat spontaneous RTW (Round the World) trip, beginning with a one-way ticket to Mexico and a pocket full of margarita money from selling my truck. I had long been wanting to travel, but gifted at birth with an awful sense of direction and a giant helping of anxiety, I never imagined I could make it work. My soon-to-be best friend moved to Kauai, where I live, and brought with her tales of exotic countries and fascinating people, and a house full of beautiful artifacts purchased around the world from her years of travel. She persuaded me to face my terror and take the leap — life is short, she told me, get out there and see how much more there is. With her help, I found a place to live at a school in Mexico, a very safe first step until I could get used to being abroad and so far outside my shoe-box-sized comfort zone.

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Published on March 11, 2017 11:31 Tags: abroad, expat, melissa-burovac, memoir, non-fiction, travel, travel-blog, traveling, travelogue, wandering, writer

‘Fiction and Memoirs by Expats and Travelers month’ wrap up

April is upon us which means ‘Fiction and Memoirs by Expats and Travelers month’ is now officially over. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog in March to read the seven wonderful articles and interviews by Melissa Burovac, Jill Dobbe, Anne Hamilton, myself (Jennifer S. Alderson), Beth Green, Pamela Allegretto and Annika Milisic-Stanley.

It was an honor for me to feature their posts and I enjoyed learning more about all of their stories!

If you missed any of the articles, here is a quick linked list:

Introduction to Fiction and Memoirs by Expats and Travelers Month

How Traveling Abroad Turned Me Into A Writer By Melissa Burovac

Write What You Know By Jill Dobbe

A Blonde Bengali Wife And Me By Anne Hamilton

Staying ‘In The Moment’: One Author’s Adventure In Travel Writing By Jennifer S. Alderson

Stories Everywhere By Beth Green

The Birth of a Novel by Pamela Allegretto

Interview with Expat Fiction Author Annika Milisic-Stanley

Until next time, happy travels! Jennifer

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Celebrate Spring with Travel By Book!

Celebrate Spring with Travel By Book!

Spring is finally here, which means school holidays and summer/winter vacations are right around the corner! Whether you are already packing your bags or are still trying to decide where to go, let Travel By Book inspire you.

Featured in this post are mysteries, thrillers, romantic comedies, historical fiction, and romance novels set in Papua, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Hawaii, Corsica, Bulgaria, Greenland, Prague, Budapest, India, Canada, Israel, and Jordan.

They are written by Jennifer S. Alderson, Pamela Allegretto, Daniella Bernett, Melissa Burovac, Vanessa Couchman, Margaret Halliday, Dora Ilieva, Joanna Kafarowski, Jerold Last, Dianne Noble, Janice J. Richardson, and M.P. Tonnesen.

These fabulous reads are sure to motivate you to dig out your passport and start booking your next trip abroad!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Travel By Book

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

To celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the United States – and commemorate Canada’s recent celebration (on October 8) – I would like to share with you some great reads set in these two incredible countries.

Take a break from the holiday stress and sail the world while surfing and smuggling drugs to Hawaii, solve a mystery in a Canadian funeral home, or find out how a quiche recipe sets off a baking rivalry in a Rhode Island mill town. Discover hidden secrets in the Northern Cascades, travel along with an audacious American polar explorer, or help protect an art professor from a murderer.

Featured in this post are novels by Melissa Burovac, Lucia N. Davis, Joanna Kafarowski, Eva Pasco, Janice J. Richardson and Tempeste Blake.

Read more about their books on my blog.

As many of you know, Travel By Book is a growing group of authors and readers who enjoy being transported to other destinations via fiction and non-fiction. If you enjoy reading books that take you places, join us over on Facebook.
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