I have been living in Madrid for about a decade now, in different situations. I came to Spain on an internship programme, then started in an office job and now Im running a business.Therefore, I have lived diverse experiences on a student budget, on an employee payroll and now running my business. Madrid is continually becoming a cosmopolitan city and attracts from students on a gap year to tourists who are travelling around. The best thing about the city is its people and lively atmosphere.It is a city no one ever gets tired of. About 5 years ago, I started a blog aptly named cheapinmadrid, where I wanted to share the tips and information about enjoying most of what the city has to offer on budget. The blog has since caught attention of many media including Spanish newspapers, American digital travel sites and a Belgian TV programme as a useful and informative source. I have also created several Madrid city tour apps in the Apple Store.
What inspired the cover design?
I opted for a cover design with a picture of a symbolic place in Madrid and Plaza Mayor is one of the most symbolic and representative parts of the city centre. The cover also features a type of reader who could find the book useful,as in a tourist couple,though not only limited to tourists nor only couples. Lastly, the cover alludes to one of the most asked questions by visitors to Madrid, which is where can I find good typical Spanish food at reasonable prices...or more aptly,where can I eat and spend like a local!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Africa. My background definitely influenced my writing due to the political and socio-economic situation. The multicultural and multilingual society of South Africa is enriching in literal and creative expression and I hope more and more post-apartheid authors make it on the international scene.