Nicole Trilivas talks about the girls who love adventure.
1. Tell us a bit more about your novel Girls Who Travel?
Girls Who Travel is all about a free-spirited serial backpacker named Kika, who is a bit lost — but she’s lost in the right direction.
Ever since she returned from her last trip, Kika’s been stuck in corporate America and steeped in misery, so when she’s offered a nannying job in London, she’s thrilled at the prospect. But as Kika’s about to discover, exhilarating adventures can happen when you stay in one place …
2. Is the book in any way based on your own experiences or is it all fiction?
Though the book is fiction, most of the places featured in Girls Who Travel are places I’ve lived or visited. Sadly, the romance is sheer fiction. A girl can dream, though!
3. Can you pick one of the secondary characters in the novel and tell us a bit more about him/her?
Kika becomes an au pair to two young girls in London, and the younger of the two, Gwen, is my favourite character. She’s very precocious and silly, and adds comic relief. In fact, she makes the book into the comedy of errors!
4. What are you most proud of about the book?
I guess just getting it published by Penguin Random House! I wrote five books before I was able to get one published, so it was really a big deal to me.
5. What is the best thing about being a writer?
The fact that I get to work in my pyjamas, of course!
6. What is the worst thing about being a writer?
Sometimes, I go full days without changing out of my pyjamas…
7. What is a great book you’ve read recently that you would recommend to others?
The Girls by Emma Cline was riveting and atmospheric. She has such a mastery of the English language. I was so impressed — and even a little jealous!
8. Do you have a specific favourite genre and if so, why?
Girls Who Travel is travel fiction. It’s not a common genre, but it’s my favourite. One of the reasons I wrote the book was because there was tons of stories about traveling out there — but most of them seemed to be nonfiction like essays or memoirs. So I wanted to take my favourite topic of travel and infuse it with the pretty sheen of fiction! I think that’s what makes travel fiction unique as a genre: it has all the wonder, exploration, and discovery of travel writing, but with all the light-hearted jazz and pure pleasure of a romantic beach read.
9. What do you do to relax after a long writing day?
Thank goodness for red wine! I am particular to nice glass of malbec, and a I like to mark my bookish milestones with fancy dinners!
10. What’s next for you?
I really want to write more travel fiction. I hope to have a book done by early 2017. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
There are many reasons women shouldn’t travel alone. But as foul-mouthed, sweet-toothed Kika Shores knows, there are many more reasons why they should. After all, most women want a lot more out of life than just having fun. Kika, for one, wants to experience the world.
But ever since she returned from her yearlong backpacking tour, she’s been steeped in misery, battling rush hour with all the other suits. Getting back on the road is all she wants. So when she’s offered a nanny job in London – the land of Cadbury Cream Eggs – she’s happy at the prospect of going back overseas and getting paid for it. But as she’s about to discover, the most exhilarating adventures can happen when you stay in one place…
Nicole Trilivas is a novelist based in London (and sometimes New York), covering topics related to travel. Her love of exploration and new cultures has led her to over 30 countries on six continents and inspires her travel fiction and nonfiction writing. Her work has appeared on the New York Times online, the Huffington Post, xoJane, Wanderlust, Paste, and Thought Catalog, among other lists.