Lola Karns visits me today to talk about what inspires her, what challenges her and what makes her reach for a cookie. I’m so pleased to have you as my guest today, Lola. Why not start by telling us about your book, Bad Traveler. What was the first seed of an idea you had for this book? How did it develop?
Three unrelated factors collided in my brain and provided inspiration for Bad Traveler.
A. There is nothing fun about flying cross country with an infant. I have been the screaming baby section and run through airports with car seats precariously dangling from the stroller. I have pretended turbulence is “super-fun bouncy ride in the sky” even though I’m more scared than the kids.
B. Living near the home of Seal Team 6, I grew more aware of issues facing veterans as they returned home from war. A series of reports in the Virginian-Pilot piqued my curiosity.
C. The bakery near me closed. I decided to invent one because it’s easier than opening a real one.