Interview with Marissa Tejada

Where did you find the inspiration for Chasing Athens?
From my first year living as an ex-pat, I knew I wanted to write something about my experiences - a romantic comedy was born! Greece is a place of beauty within its culture, people, places, and traditions. However, not every Greek moment is perfect which I wanted to portray too – it’s a time of crisis, uncertainty, and desperation. As a woman living abroad, all of these extremes pull together creating an experience that I has made me who I am today and influenced me to write Chasing Athens.
What is it that will make readers love your book?
The book takes readers through a modern day journey in Greece as told through the eyes of an ex-pat woman who is forced to define her newfound independence. She learns to overcome personal obstacles, move on and love again while living in a foreign country and immersed in a foreign culture.
It’s a story that paints a picture of contemporary life in the bustling capital of Athens and the beauty of the Greek islands. Place can change and influence a person in so many ways and readers will learn that through Ava’s touching yet humorous journey in Chasing Athens.
What's the story behind your latest book, Chasing Athens?
In Athens, Greece where rich culture and a crippling crisis collide, a heartbroken American ex-pat is inspired to stay after her new husband literally walks out on her. That abrupt decision
leads her through a humorous, touching and cultural journey that forces her confront her disappointing past and redefine the true meaning of home.
Tell us about the settings in your book and how did you choose them?
My main character hails from beautiful Upstate New York, specifically from a college town called Ithaca. I lived there for four years when I studied journalism at Ithaca College. When reading Chasing Athens you’ll also find yourself in Athens which is the largest city in Greece and where I currently live. Scenes also take place on two Greek islands. Hydra is a small, quaint and picturesque. I also chose the more frequented Mykonos which is known for its cosmopolitan flair, jet set, and whitewashed architecture. I’ve been to both a few times and like all the Greek islands I’ve traveled to, they have their unique charm and character worth writing about.
Do you believe your career as a journalist helped you write Chasing Athens?
My experience as a former television reporter and current work as a travel and features writer certainly helped me write my first novel. Besides the discipline you need to be a journalist and travel writer you need to be very observant about the world around you. Chasing Athens revolves around a heartbroken ex-pat’s story in modern day Greece where crisis and culture collide. Observations I’ve made living as an ex-pat played a huge role in creating and describing the world I wrote about.
Published 2014-04-29.
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