Author Insights: Susan Walsh

Author Insights: Susan Walsh

Women Travel Latin America interviewed Alone Together contributing author Susan Walsh about her travels through the region and what inspires her to share her stories.

What inspired you to write your story for Alone Together?

During my year long stay in Chile I kept a diary of my adventures and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the experience of writing. As I didn’t meet many other women my age travelling alone I felt inspired to share something of my personal perspective to make sure that a different voice was heard. Before setting off from the UK many friends had expressed real concern about my safety telling me to “take very good care” in a tone which suggested that I would need to. However, as I felt safer in South America than in many countries in Europe that I have visited the theme of the book also very strongly resonated with my own experience.

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Author Insights: Emily Paskevics

Author Insights: Emily Paskevics

Women Travel Latin America interviewed Alone Together contributing author Emily Paskevics about her travels through the region and what inspires her to share her stories.

What inspired you to write your piece for Alone Together?

I often write poetry while on the road as a way to convey what can be difficult to express through a more straightforward recounting of events. I’ve had so many wonderful experiences in different Latin American countries, but the piece I wrote for Alone Together conveys the mood that I felt after the first, and only, truly nightmarish time I had while on a weekend trip from my home base of Bogotá to a city in Colombia’s coffee region. It involved an attempted mugging at knifepoint. Although everything turned out fine, and I was very fortunate to have not been harmed, what followed was a challenging time of regaining my self-confidence to venture out alone.  

Amid all my other fun and positive adventures there, this was an important reminder of the fact that sometimes things happen that you cannot control. These too are the stories that you gather along the way.

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Author Insights: Teresa Bruce

Author Insights: Teresa Bruce

Women Travel Latin America interviewed Alone Together contributing author Teresa Bruce about her travels through the region and what inspires her to share her stories.

What inspired you to write your story for Alone Together?

A young woman with roots in Colombia had read my book The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway and alerted me to the anthology. She’s an avid reader, a talented writer and outspoken advocate for Latina women. We’ve both seen the “Are you crazy?” expressions on faces of other women when we tell stories of traveling Latin America and want to exchange those looks for openness, enthusiasm and curiosity.  

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Author Insights: Stephanie Wolcott

Author Insights: Stephanie Wolcott

Women Travel Latin America interviewed Alone Together contributing author Stephanie Wolcott about her travels through the region and what inspires her to share her stories.

What inspired you to write your story for Alone Together?

My story is about breaking down the myth that progress is linear and the misconception that all societies will eventually, if they are lucky, wind up like ours. There are so many examples of Latin communities creating new paths to progress, some built on ancient knowledge that existed before the Spanish arrived. My story is about one such community. And I was there while our own manmade reality was melting down.

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Author Insights: Elizabeth Holli Wood

Author Insights: Elizabeth Holli Wood

Women Travel Latin America interviewed Alone Together contributing author Elizabeth Holli Wood about her travels through the region and what inspires her to share her stories.

What inspired you to write your story for Alone Together?

Mine was not a ‘what,’ but a ‘who.’ My cousin Tarren sent me the information about Alone Together and suggested I write about my experience. The collection topic was so personally relevant that I knew I wanted to submit something.

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