Thursday, October 4, 2012

Author Interview #121: Travel Unscripted by Mark Murphy

Travel UnscriptedOur interview today is with Mark Murphy the author of Travel Unscripted (4.1 stars on 65 reviews). Before we get to the interview a brief book description: Nationally recognized travel expert and television correspondent Mark Murphy chronicles the dicey, humorous, sometimes bizarre and always entertaining experiences he encounters in far-flung locales when he’s not on camera. This highly entertaining multimedia travelogue, complete with exclusive, unpublished video outtakes, focuses Murphy’s witty and perceptive lens on the culture of traveling, revealing unforgettable characters and global humanity in all its quirkiness – from a predatory Cougar Grandma in Germany to a wiseguy shakedown on a picturesque Greek island, serious partying in Ho Chi Minh City, sampling shocking edibles in Cambodia and much more.
WARNING: Are you easily offended by the “F” word? Do you find it hard to read a collection of stories written by someone who might have some off color humor, tells it like it is, and genuinely wants you to feel like you are there with him rather than experiences that are sugarcoated? Then Travel Unscripted is not for you. If you’re looking for a guide book, a book of travel tips, or a reference guide to take with you when you travel, this isn’t it. What is guaranteed is a real look at what happens with local cultures in various countries when the cameras stop rolling. It’s travel. It’s unscripted. And you have been warned.
Interview with Mark Murphy
  1. Is this a travel guide book or a book of tips about travel? WARNING. This book has nothing to do with travel tips or helping people choose a particular destination. The book is a collection of stories, related to on location video shoots, that gives you a look “behind the scenes”.
  2. What gave you the inspiration to write this book? Everything from close encounters with a sheep to a collection of questionable local women in Moscow…and everything in between.
  3. Do you have any specific themes you emphasize throughout the book? Sarcasm along with a collection of stories that you might not believe, but actually happened.
  4. What was your method for writing this book? A certain amount of hours every day? A certain routine? I spent from one hour to several writing first thing in the morning. It took a few months for the book to take shape and to be ready for editing.
  5. How do you get past writers block or distractions like the internet? I’d say Ritalin, but I’ve never tried it. When I’m dead in the water I find something else to do until inspiration strikes.
  6. Favorite book from childhood? The Hardy Boys Series
  7. Favorite place to travel? Least favorite place to travel? Southeast Asia is my favorite destination while Moscow is my least…for now.
  8. What’s on your desk? Can you see your desk? Describe what you see when you look around? A collection of trinkets and bizarre furniture that my colleagues can’t decide are staying put or on the way to the junkyard.
  9. How do you think the experiences you have written about changed you as a person? They opened my eyes to the many different cultures around the world, illustrating our differences, yet the many things we have in common as people.
  10. Is there a motto you try to abide by daily? Travel Forward. Don’t dwell in the past as you only get one life…live it to the fullest.
  11. Do you have any plans to write a second book? I sure do…next up…Travel Forward!
Get your copy of Travel Unscripted on Amazon
Follow Mark on Twitter: @murphytravels

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