Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Give a holler for Trish Doller...plus a book giveaway

Credit: Jesi Cason Photography
We're pleased to welcome Trish Doller and celebrate the publication of her latest novel, Off the Map, today. We enjoyed learning more about her and we are sure you will too. Thanks to St. Martin's Press, we have one copy of Off the Map for a lucky reader!

Trish Doller is a writer, traveler, and dog rescuer, but not necessarily in that order. She is the international bestselling author of Float Plan, The Suite Spot, and Off the Map. She has also written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal. When she's not writing, Trish loves sailing, camping, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.

Visit Trish at her website and on Instagram.

Carla Black’s life motto is “here for a good time, not for a long time.” She’s been traveling the world on her own in her vintage Jeep Wrangler for nearly a decade, stopping only long enough to replenish her adventure fund. She doesn’t do love and she doesn’t ever go home.

Eamon Sullivan is a modern-day cartographer who creates digital maps. His work helps people find their way, but he’s the one who’s lost his sense of direction. He’s unhappy at work, recently dumped, and his one big dream is stalled out—literally.

Fate throws them together when Carla arrives in Dublin for her best friend’s wedding and Eamon is tasked with picking her up from the airport. But what should be a simple drive across Ireland quickly becomes complicated with chemistry-filled detours, unexpected feelings, and a chance at love - if only they choose it.

Praise for Trish's writing:

"I devoured Float Plan in a day. It’s truly a joy to get lost in such great writing. The island-hopping setting transports you from the hum-drum everyday, the dialogue is sharp and spot-on, the characters feel flawed and authentic and hopeful. It’s the kind of story that takes you away and brings you back grateful for the journey.” 
- Katherine Center, New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire

"Float Plan had my heart from the first page. With lush, vibrant settings and characters I ached and swooned with, this book is both a romantic escape and a balm for the soul. I'm deeply in love with Anna and Keane." 
- Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex-Talk and Weather Girl

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
I'm never more pleased than when someone tells me that one of my books got them back into reading or turned them from a reluctant reader into a full-blown reader. How amazing is that?!

What were the biggest rewards and challenges with writing Off the Map?
Eamon was a big challenge for me. In Float Plan, he comes across as cool and pulled together, so I struggled for a long time trying to figure out what was bothering him. The ending of the book was a surprise to me. I hadn't expected it to end how--and where--it did, so that was really rewarding.

If Off the Map was made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?
Either Ben Aldridge or Jonathan Bailey would make a great Eamon, and I don't think she's an actress, but Eliza Cummings looks a lot like the Carla in my head.

What is the last movie you saw that you would recommend?
I haven't seen a movie in a very long time. I'm always excited about Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and one of my favorites--which might be the last one I saw in theaters before COVID--is Peanut Butter Falcon.

What is your favorite thing about springtime?
I live in Florida, where Spring is a little harder to notice. There's no melting of snow or early flowers blooming, but I like when my fruit trees start to flower. It means mangos and avocados are in progress.

If we were to visit you, what are some places you'd take us to see?
If you came to visit, I'd probably take you to Everglades National Park, for a sailboat ride to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, and off-roading in Picayune Strand. 

Thanks to Trish for chatting with us and to St. Martin's Press for sharing her book with our readers.

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Marta Suárez Mazaira said...

I do, whenever I travel I prefer the paper map over the GPS on the phone! Though I have to turn it a thousand times.

Annmarie Weeks said...

Had to learn how to read maps when I was younger, as there was no GPS back then. But I'll admit I was never great at it, and much prefer GPS now!

traveler said...

I read maps since I grew up when maps were the only method.

Padmini Rao said...

I can’t read a map. I need to use a GPS

dstoutholcomb said...

sure can. used to be mandatory for testing.

diannekc said...

I can read a map, but the GPS is definitely easier.

Mary Preston said...

Yes, when we traveled as children we always followed the map.

Suburban prep said...

I have done a lot of travelling by myself. This was in the age prior to GPS and I had to know how to read a map if I was going to get anywhere.

Mick Murphy said...

I do know how to read a map. When I was 19 I drove from Oklahoma to California with only a map. So excited for this release!

Bonnie K. said...

I do know how to read a map, but I will admit that I like using the GPS. A map is good as a backup.

satkins said...

I do not know how to read a map

Linda Kish said...

Sure, I have been reading them most of my life.

Mary C said...

I do know how to read a map.

Mary Patricia Bird said...

I'm sure I did a long time ago, and probably had difficulty doing so. Even now with cell phones and Google maps, I hate driving to new places for fear of getting lost. I'm just not a good driver or passenger.

Lelandlee said...

Sure can

Kelly Rodriguez said...

Yes, I know how to read a map.

holdenj said...

Yes I can! But you can't beat some of the real time info available via satellite. We were alerted to a highway closure due to geass fire ahead of time. Luckily, we could still pull off and find a motel.

Anonymous said...

Yes I can read a real map!!