Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book Giveaway - Missing in Mexico

Today I'm sharing an interview with the author of Missing in Mexico, Stuart Gustafson. You can win a copy of his novel by entering below. Cami: What is the one thing you hope your readers take away from Missing in Mexico? SG: I’m going to beg for indulgence and sneak two in. The first is what every writer wants – that the readers truly think the story is an entertaining story. The second one is that the readers feel that San José del Cabo, Mexico, is a warm and enchanting place where they would feel welcome, and a place to put on their “Let’s go visit there in the next couple of years” list. We go there every year for several reasons: it’s convenient to get to from Boise, Idaho; the beaches are nice; the people are very nice; the food is great; the culture is charming; it is THE SAFEST PLACE to visit in Mexico. That’s not a plug from the Tourism Bureau – it is a fact that I can easily explain if people want to contact me privately. We love it there, which is one of the reasons I chose it as the primary setting for my debut mystery novel. C: I love finding a place like that to vacation. It sounds fabulous. I like that this book is more than a mystery, can you tell us more about that? SG: Of course. One of the complexities in Missing in Mexico that has come out in some of the reviews is the relationships that occur. I’m guessing that some people could probably come up with a half dozen different genres for the book, all perfectly justified in one place or another in the book. What is it? Is it Travel, Mystery, Intrigue, Foreign, Romance, Suspense, Fiction/Non-Fiction. See what I mean? Actually, all of these genres come into play into the book, which makes it really hard to classify it into one particular heading. Which one would you choose? C: That's tough. I really like the Travel Mystery. So, have you ever second guessed yourself in the writing process? SG: Please introduce me to the writer who’s never second guessed himself, and I’ll show you a writer who’s not been willing to show his work to others. Writing is all about taking chances, and if you’re always second guessing what you’re doing – nothing will ever make it from the keyboard to the page to the reader. Maybe it’s because I’m not taking on risky subjects that I don’t worry about second guessing myself, but I think most authors also realize the requirement to put yourself “out there” unless you want to be just like others who sit inside a lonely cocoon. C: I do that sometimes. It is wonderful to get out and meet other writers. Are you already at work on your next book? SG: Thank you for asking. The next mystery novel is underway, if you’ll pardon the pun. It’s set in Sydney, Australia, and I visited there 5 times last year conducting research on the general area as well as certain locations to ensure their descriptions are “spot on” as they say down there. The book introduces a new character that will be a featured character in future books as well, so it’s fun to bring him into the mix. I haven’t asked him where he wants to go next, but I think I know where it is, and it’s someplace that artists love. Hmmm, where could that be? C: Cabo, Sydney, and another amazing vacation spot soon, I want to be your research assistant. Thank you for dropping in and having a short chat with me. Is there anything else you would like to share? SG: Yes, my love of travel. I do love to travel, and I have the US Registered Trademarked name of America’s International Travel Expert®. Give me a reason to jump on an airplane, and I’m on it. I love to fly, and I’ve flown over one million miles on a single airline. I believe in sharing information, and I send out a free e-newsletter about travel; signing up is quite easy on my website, and you even get a great travel bonus just for enrolling – C: Thanks, Stuart. Best of luck with your writing and traveling. Please leave a comment below to win Missing in Mexico (must be a follower of this blog). For extra entries: 2 entries for sharing the contest on Twitter or Facebook 4 entries for sharing the contest on your personal blog or adding the contest to your sidebar. Contest ends Septmeber 16, 2011 Open to residents of U.S. and Canada Please leave an e-mail address with your comment. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow, your books doe sound great. I have been to Mexico and loved it.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel...i'm a follower, too...

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  3. Thanks for the entries.
    Debby - I'm ready to go to Mexico but am waiting until the snow flies here. I love it too!


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