Incognito Street: How Travel Made Me a Writer

Barbara Sjoholm, Author . Seal
, (327p) ISBN (326p) ISBN 978-1-58005-172-9

Sjoholm (The Pirate Queen , and Blue Windows as pen name Barbara Wilson) shares the story of how she became a writer. Barely 20 in 1970, with a small inheritance and a dream of becoming a writer, Sjoholm left boyfriend and America behind for a two-month ramble in Europe. As she wandered London, and then Paris and Barcelona, she was torn between living what she pictured was the writer's life—partying and bar-hopping—and actually writing. Suspecting that she hadn't lived enough to have anything to write about, she distracted herself with friends and lovers and marvelous adventures. When her travelmate Laura arrived, they attempted lesbian sex, but couldn't quite figure out what to do—"there was no lesbian Kama Sutra to refer to"—so they stayed friends instead. Sjoholm continued traveling, discovering other regions of Spain as well as Norway and Morocco. In the end, feeling more comfortable about herself as a writer, she returned to a more sexually liberated America than she'd left behind. She soon cofounded Seal Press, which has published most of her work ever since. Aspiring writers will be encouraged by Sjoholm's modest beginnings and honest writing style. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/25/2006
Release date: 11/01/2006
Genre: Nonfiction
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