Elephants in the Coffee

Elephants are the world’s largest agricultural pests, threatening the livelihoods—and even the lives—of coffee growers in southern India. Of course, the reason for human/elephant conflict is that humans are encroaching on the elephants’ land. I interviewed...

Join me Wandering in Andalusia

Wanderland Writers has published another travel anthology, and this one, IMHO, is the best yet. It’s Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain. The sixteen authors share stories and poems about a country ripe with contradiction: an arid landscape filled...

Interviews from the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference

I love the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, and had a great time interviewing conference instructors at the 24th annual event in August, 2015. It offers writing and photography workshops, panels, and faculty presentations, and is regarded...

Paula McLain on Writing Historical Fiction

Ann Patchett says, “Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason. Circling the Sun … is both beautifully written and utterly engrossing.” I’m right there with you, Ann Patchett: Circling the Sun brings to life the worlds of colonial Kenya in the 1920s, horse training and racing, and the heady early days of early aviation. Add in a community of wealthy bohemian expats, a series of disastrous relationships,

Don George at the Commonwealth Club

I had such fun interviewing Don George at the Commonwealth Club of California on October 7th! It was the first time I’d done a live interview, and there was a lot to keep track of: asking questions, listening to responses and following up, weaving in questions...

Aer Lingus News Changes my Travel Plans

I’m having so much fun interviewing for NPR’s Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer! In this conversation, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Dave Cooney and Helen Maguire tell me about about Aer Lingus’ new daily nonstop service from San...

Kirkus reviews Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive!

Kirkus Reviews calls Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! True stories from a curious traveler  “an engaging, meticulously observed journey that brings other cultures alive.” Read the full Kirkus review...

Laurie McAndish King Profiled on Kirkus

Interviewed by Nidhi Chaudhry on September 19, 2014. Laurie McAndish King was recently profiled in Kirkus Reviews in conjunction with the launch of her book, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! True stories from a curious traveler.  Nidhi Chaudhry’s article tells how...

Author Laurie McAndish King Gets “Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive!”

A truly curious traveler is the best kind to follow, I’ve found, whether on foot or vicariously through stories and books. Never bored with the world—and thus, never boring—a curious traveler will always teach me something new.

Laurie McAndish King is the curious type, with a scientist’s mind and a philosopher’s soul. Her book takes the reader on an unusual tour.

The World’s Most Expensive Coffee

The world’s most exquisite coffee—and certainly the most expensive—is made from coffee beans that have been eaten, partially digested, and excreted by a small Southeast Asian creature called the luwak. This coffee-making process, which I hadn’t heard of...

Irish Brown Bread — My Grandmother’s Recipe

I learned to bake brown soda bread from my Grandma Hayes. She stood nearly five feet tall, always straight and proud, had red hair and freckles that she hated, and strong, cool arms that I loved. I didn’t realize it at the time, but Grandma also taught me about...

Eat, Pray, Scrub in Ubud

Hear about a surprising massage in Bali from Wayan, the healer featured in the bestselling book, Eat, Pray, Love. In this case, it was “Eat, Pray, Scrub” and the result was not what I...

Studying French Kissing in Paris

I went to Paris to learn about French kissing—how do the French figure they can lay claim to a “French kiss”? What makes it...

Why I want to Visit Papua New Guinea

This excerpt is from the Q&A part of my book launch. An audience member asked for clarification about why I wanted to visit Papua New Guinea. Her hilarious misinterpretation of my previous answer got the audience...