Fresh out of college, 26-year-old Santiago has always longed to see the world, but his anxiety gets in the way. How can he possibly travel abroad if he feels sometimes heart-pounding pressure by simply riding a bus? But one day, after years of saving, Santiago courageously buys a ticket around the world. His parents think he’s crazy, but he takes a leap of faith and sets out alone. However, the world he had imagined was far from reality.
Meanwhile, Santiago finds out his best friend Laura, who could not join him on the trip, battles a recently diagnosed autoimmune disease. Will he regret his decision to leave her behind? Will their friendship survive or blossom into something more? On his journeys from New York to Lisbon, Paris to Sarajevo, and Istanbul to Bali, Santiago must overcome his shyness and open up his heart despite facing challenges, such as scams, and confronting complex issues like human trafficking. Join Santiago on a journey of self-discovery and adventure like no other.
Eduardo Rios Lasso emerged as a writer during his career as a medical doctor. Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, his journey has taken him around the globe to dozens of countries. Along the way, he found a passion for travel writing that seeks out positive life experiences while also sharing the common interests and challenges that bring different cultures together. Eduardo currently resides in Germany, where he is completing his training in Internal Medicine. SANTIAGO - Chronicles of a Young Traveler is his first book.
Interview with Eduardo Rios Lasso
How did you do research for your book?
Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?
- The hardest was probably Laura. Since I wanted (I hope I made it) to show her as a strong woman who could move forward despite moments of sorrow, I hope it can lead young girl readers to stay strong.
- The easiest was Santiago. When I came up with the idea, I knew exactly how I wanted him to be.
In your book you make a reference to....how did you come up with this idea? What made you write a book about...?
- I have always enjoyed writing. I could always communicate better through writing than speaking from a very young age. After being scammed while traveling a while ago, I decided that I would make a blog about traveling. My father has written books too, but law-specific things, so the idea of writing a book was something not strange to me. But the idea of writing this book came up one day when I realized I had just written too much for a blog. I originally planned. Back then was more of a non-fiction book. But then I started to learn how to write a book and how the publishing industry works. I was fascinated with all I could do writing a fiction book but inspired by real-life stories.
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
There are many books out there about....What makes yours different?
What advice would you give budding writers?
Your book is set in (name place). Have you ever been there?
If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?
Do you have another profession besides writing?
How long have you been writing?
Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
What is your next project?
What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
Oh, excellent question! I have to think about Santiago, but Zendaya could do Laura! Hahaha, she is so talented!
If your book were made into a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack?
What were the biggest rewards and challenges with writing your book?
● The learning.
● Knowing that I could do it.
● All the people I got to meet and be in touch with during all these years.
The challenges? Probably was the time since I had some demanding schedules at work and sometimes a little free time where I also had to study. With a lot of work, it somehow worked.
In one sentence, what was the road to publishing like?
What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author?
Which authors inspired you to write?
Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?
Where do you write?
- I can write in any room as long as I am in complete silence. I can write in groups and have done it. But the best of me comes when I am alone with myself.
Do you write every day?
What is your writing schedule?
- Whenever my work schedule allows me. Usually in the evening and on the weekends. I write a lot when I am on vacation; late at night is my best time to be the most creative.
Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?
- I write primarily on my laptop, but sometimes an idea comes to me on the street after seeing something as if it was a revelation. Then I need to write that on my mobile quickly before I forget or write it down if I have a notebook.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Favorite travel spot?
- It constantly changes; right now, there is a tied between Lisbon and Paris.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you? The scariest? The strangest?
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.
I enjoy going to the gym. I started recently with Crossfit, and I love it.
If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
What is something you've learned about yourself during the pandemic?
What TV series are you currently binge watching?
What is something that made you laugh recently?What is the oldest item of clothing you own?
Tell us about your longest friendship.
Who was your childhood celebrity crush?
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