Em Stevens is here to chat about travel, including the bumps along the way. She recently released To Boldly Go, a lesbian romance.
Please welcome Em Stevens.
I’m in love with traveling. Even the hiccups–and there are almost always hiccups. Like the time my brother and I went to London for a wedding and got stuck in Heathrow for three days due to a British Airways strike. It has hard, but we laughed, read, and got through it. Or once I didn’t plan a bus ride well from Madrid to Barcelona and ended up sleeping in the Barcelona bus station because I’d arrived at three in the morning and was nineteen and traveling alone. There was the time in Seville when I was so eager to explore I set out with just a ten euro note and my room key…and completely forgot the name of the hotel I was staying in. Five hours later, hot and sweaty, I figured it out.
While I hate making mistakes that sometimes cost money, or try the patience of a traveling companion, I usually love the stories that come from them. While I haven’t always wanted to be a writer, I come from a family of storytellers. My grandfather was a pastor with the gift of parable, and my mother’s comedic timing is golden. So while, in the moment, I might be cursing the world (or myself), later I generally laugh, because I end up with another story to tell.
Since having my daughter, my traveling has been more limited. And my world has felt more insulated. It doesn’t help that recent politics are borderline surreal. Each year my chances for stories seem to slide by, and I don’t grasp for them the same way I used to.
Writing To Boldly Go was an effort, in part, to reclaim a bit of my wanderlust. It also helped to remind myself that stories don’t require large adventures. Sometimes the best stories happen in small moments. Like the other day, this conversation happened:
Daughter: Mommy, one day I’m going to be grown up.
Me: That’s true.
Daughter: When I am, I’m going to have big boobs! [genetically, this seems probable]
Me: What are you going to do with big boobs?
Daughter, pensive: Mmmm…probably just flop them around a bunch.
I’ll remember that story with the same clarity I recall the cold floor and yellowed lights of that Barcelona bus station.
With love and gratitude,
TO BOLDLY GO
When life gives you lemons, drink limoncello.
Taryn’s trip of a lifetime is finally happening. She’s saved money, researched, planned, and created an itinerary that will allow her to travel Italy…and finally tell her best friend that she’s in love with her. But those plans are ruined when she wakes up alone, her crush gone. Her plans did not include being alone and stranded in Milan.
Now Taryn’s dream vacation is a nightmare.
Enter Holly, a fellow traveler: young, full of life, and comfortable traipsing off the beaten path. Holly feels a connection with Taryn and wants to salvage her trip. After all, they’re in freaking Italy! But their radically different travel styles and age differences make for rough terrain.
Together, they boldly go into unexplored territories of the heart, and may just discover love.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Em Stevens got a MA in Liberal Studies, but she can’t tell you what that means. She’s worked all sorts of jobs, from cashiering to peddling vitamins to building airplanes. Now she lives in Raleigh, NC with her family and writes about the things she loves: Romance, Happily Ever Afters, and Games.
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Have a wonderful weekend!