Saturday, 5 May 2012

Behind the Covers (FREQUENT TRAVELLER) by Pandora Poikilos (with Giveaway)

First, a short introduction. Frequent Traveller is the first book in the Cathy Dixon series and offers a brief insight into her world as she juggles her two jobs as the Vice President of Corporate Communications and a spy for an elite agency known as CI-7.

Its setting is different from most books and some readers aren't so sure about this but I did not write this book to be loved. I wrote it the way I was compelled to write it.

The second book sees a further explanation of her spy organisation and her relationship with Thomas undergoes some drastic changes.

Now, for what happened behind the scenes - the good, the bad and the ugly.

In the midst of writing this book, my eyesight became really bad and I could barely look at a computer screen. The bad news for me is that I write my draft with pen and paper and then type it out. I could not do this for FT and for more than a month, my partner Peas helped me with this. He would come home from work, listen to me read and type it out for me. This was easier said than done as he is studying for his food and hospitality degree and had his own workload as well.

Peas second love, although sometimes I wonder who comes first.

The week FT was to be released, I was led on a new road on my publishing journey. I started to self-publish my work. I was petrified. I really wasn't sure it would work out. Now, more than 100,000 books later, I'm less petrified and more excited.

Of course, my FT journey wouldn't be complete with Nithesh from Dinet Media who does my paperback formatting and Jennie who proofreads and edits my work.

Dinesh, also from Dinet Media is working on another Cathy Dixon special but more on that in weeks to come.

Between hospital check-ups and bad vision, the book was written in two different countries - Kingsbury, London and Penang, Malaysia.

Pictures and rocking chair

As the title indicates, the book covers 26 different destinations around the world some of which include USA, Scotland, Australia, Madagascar and China.

Frequent Traveller - Book Trailer - Cathy Dixons Postcards

Frequent Traveller - Book Trailer - Cathy Dixons Food Trails

Other things that kept me sane while writing FT were my MP3 player (Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, James Blunt, Beatles and Taylor Swift), Vanilla tea and my favourite cereal.


Pandora Poikilos has been writing for more than 10 years for various media which include newspapers, radio, television and various websites.

A social media enthusiast who is passionate about blogging and finding her way around the virtual world, she wills away time in the real world by reading, writing and people watching.

If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be
- Damaged goods, Quirky, Loving.

You write so much about inspiration, who is the one person who has inspired you the most?
- Steve Jobs, Apple

What’s the ideal dream job for you?
- What I have right now. To write.

More about Pandora Poikilos.

Other places we can meet her...

facebook - pandorapoikilos
google talk - pandorapoikilos


Enter the giveaway of FREQUENT TRAVELLER here.  The author is giving away the novel to THREE winners.  
Open INTERNATIONALLY.  Ends 10th May 2012.

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