As always Pandora has delivered a stunning piece. While it will not be an easy read for everyone, some might not finish this book and some may mistake it for unnecessary information, every chapter offers a smooth exploration of a different destination, a different situation and a different side to humanity. I loved it. - Elizabeth H
Pandora Poikilos is a writer's friend sharing her wisdom and skills with those of us who have just stepped into the world of literature as well as the more seasoned veterans. What do you say about a person like Pandora Poikilos? There isn't anything to say, you simply reciprocate the love. With nothing but positive reviews for her books I would suggest you check out her blog as well. - Marsha Randolph, Author of The Truth About Vashtai
I couldn't put the book down. The history of each country or city added depth to the story. The story is well written and flows making reading easy and enjoyable. - Chester K
Murder, mystery and suspense, the three ingredients needed to a great novel, which is why I had a hard time putting this one down and am super excited to read other books from Pandora Poikilos. - Daniel Dennis
One part travel brochure, two parts hotels' insider secrets, and four parts dark Big Brother intrigue, Frequent Traveller is all good reading. Pandora Poikilos has struck just the right balance to keep the sinister plot line moving while giving readers a behind-the-scenes view of their virtual vacation trip around the world. Get your midnight snacks ready and make up a whole pot of whatever it is you drink, 'cause you're gonna be up all night with this delicious read. - Georgia Saunders, Author of Home Street Home
From the Author
(Interview with Georgia Saunders, Author of Home Street Home - Nov 2011)
Pandora, You make all these places seem like we just landed there and are looking at the destination with the fresh eyes of a new visitor. Have you been to any of the locations you wrote about in Frequent Traveller?
Without giving away too many of the locations, I have been to a few of the spots like London, Queensland and Penang. All of which I adore for their history and architecture. There were a few that I discovered when researching destinations and found for it to be a good fit to the story. As the book is relatively new and reviews are only just trickling in, only a handful have discovered this tidbit - when the destinations in the book are rearranged, there's one for every alphabet. A to Z.
Wow. That's very cool. And adds up to a lot of research work.
Now, we've already heard on your other tour stops that this was actually the first novel you wrote. How much of you is in this novel? Are you working out any of your own demons through this story?
Working out my demons would be an apt description. I wrote this at a time when I had literally lost every material possession and my name was being dragged through the mud when I had trusted the wrong people in my life. I fought off most of my demons with this book. The elusive relationship that Cathy has with Thomas is something I face with my partner, Peas (as he is known to my readers). Because of the sexual abuse I faced as a child, we often face unsettling periods when neither is able to cope with what happened or the consequences of these incidences that have wriggled themselves into the present.
Yeah that sounds like some serious demon exorcism. It's wonderful how writing helps do that, isn't it? Tell me, what was your favorite destination of all that Cathy Dixon visited and why?
London. No doubt about it. It is one city in the world that you can get lost in, be discovered, find love and move into the future sometimes all at the same time.
Hmmm...that's interesting. I've always wanted to visit London, but unfortunately, I don't speak the language. Tee hee. All cuzinz-across-the-pond kidding aside, I am amazed at all you manage to accomplish. We know from other stops on the tour that you are fighting a rather debilitating disease. Can you tell us how you manage to write in spite of all the pain, and while managing a book tour and directories and all the rest to boot? What kind of pills are you taking? Maybe we need some, too.
I was diagnosed with Idiotpathic Intracrannial Hypertension (IIH) eight years ago. It is a rare neurological disorder and I used to be on loads of medication. Heck, I used to be a walking pharmacy. But after seven years of lumbar punctures, I was finally given the *opportunity* to have a VP Shunt inserted from brain to stomach last September and now I am no longer on pills on a daily basis. I do take some pain medication on extremely bad days but that's about it. As to how I cope with my projects, that's a question I keep asking myself too. :)) But yes, time management is extremely important to me. I keep a daily calendar which divides my time between writing, social media and Orangeberry Book Tours. It sounds a bit pedantic and it probably is but I have had numerous issues with my eyes and I tend to be a bit more careful these days.