Part travel comedy and sexy adventure, Marina’s first trip abroad will have you throwing your own itinerary out the window and throwing caution to the wind. Art, love, sex, wine – the Italian playboy and the boy next door – who says you can’t have it all?
We chat with author Karina Kennedy about A not so lonely planet: Italy, as well as writing, book recommendations, and more.
Hi Karine! Tell our readers a little about yourself!
I grew up in Florida, love the outdoors, once I pulled a little alligator out of the river with my bare hands. (Yes, I always type with 10 fingers). My dad hooked me on old movies at a very young age. I had a huge Cary Grant poster on my wall in high school. I have lived in other countries, the longest were Italy and Australia. My favorite reds are from Montalcino, Italy, and my whites are from Malborough, New Zealand. The length of my surfboard is the same as my shoe size 9. I find inspiration and support in the amazing virtual village I have built with strong, creative, courageous and amazing women from all parts of the world. world.
Quick flash tour! Tell us about the first book you remember reading, the one that made you want to be an author and that you can’t stop thinking about!
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shell Silverstein (I wrote additional verses for some of his poems)
The Eleventh Hour, by Graeme Base (I wrote and illustrated my own high school children’s picture book)
Beyond Words, What Animals Think and Feel, by Carl Safina. This book blew me away.
When was the first time you discovered your love of writing?
At primary school. My mom, a teacher and writer, inspired me by having me do creative writing exercises over the summer.
A not so lonely planet: Italy is your first novel and it comes out on June 8the 2021! If you could only describe it in five words, what would they be?
Feminine, fast, funny, sexy, Italian (did I cheat?)
What can readers expect?
To laugh a lot and have fun at Marina’s expense, while falling in love with her nerve and being inspired by the real historical Italian women she discovers during her trip.
What inspired A not so lonely planet?
I have traveled a lot and enjoyed quite a few romances along the way. There is something magical about discovering a new place with someone special. I’ve been writing screenplays for years, but this is my first book. It evolved as a prequel to a television comedy-drama pilot called Wanderlust, which is 30-year-old Marina’s return home after her romantic adventures across the world.
Can you tell us about the challenges you encountered while writing and how you were able to overcome them?
Originally, I wrote Isabelle Rossellini in the book, not only as one of the real Italian women of influence featured, but also as a minor character. I just find her so smart, funny, and fearless in a creative way. Her Green Porno youtube series is something magical and I wanted to help promote that. I knew she would see the feminine nature of the book and the positive sexual orientation, and that she would support me, but alas, her agent was not. So I had to replace her with a fictional character. In the end, it gave me more freedom.
Are there any favorite moments or characters that you really enjoyed writing about or exploring?
I love the hitchhiking scene because it really happened to me (only I was on a small Greek island) But I really like the characters’ conversations about sexual gaze. The character of Regina, veteran, European sex goddess and actress, reverses the scenario on Mulvey’s concept, which presupposes the gaze as disempowering and objectifying the person observed. Regina teaches Marina that the sexual gaze must be controlled by the gaze, a power to be respected.
What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write every day. It’s a good goal, but you set yourself up for failure if you don’t let go.
What was your journey to becoming a published author?
I’ve been writing screenplays for years but have only written one other book. I spent a year interviewing agents with no success and eventually focused on smaller publishers who would be particularly interested in my unique work.
What’s the next step for you?
I am currently writing and publishing Wanderlust: Montana Chapter by Chapter, free for my KarinaKennedyBooks.com subscribers. This adventure takes us back to Marina’s university days. He tells the story of his first roadtrip with his best friends, from Boca Raton, FL to Montana, in search of cowboys, romance and adventure.
Finally, do you have any book recommendations for our readers?
The audio: Parker Posey makes a fantastic take on Betty Fredan’s classic, The Feminine Mystique.
Romance: Isabelle Laflèche has a great series starting with J’adore New York. Her smart and sexy French lawyer heroine finds herself in a new city with each book.
Non-fiction: Beyond Words.