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Meet The Author Of Lost In Cheeseland, Lindsey Tramuta
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Meet The Author Of Lost In Cheeseland, Lindsey Tramuta

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Longtime Paris travel writer Lindsey Tramuta looks beyond the clichés towards the fresh, dynamic, and forward-facing City of Lights. We catch up with Lindsey to talk writing advice and Paris favorites.

<b>TCT: Can you tell me a bit about your upcoming book, <a href=”http://www.lostincheeseland.com/p/about-me.html”><u>Lost in Cheeseland</u></a>?</b><b></b>Absolutely! It focuses on the people, places and ideas driving a creative movement in Paris where, for the last handful of years, a new energy has emerged. Long considered a museum city, today’s Paris is forward-thinking and dynamic and I will be highlighting many of the changes that have led to this state of being across food & dining, coffee, pastry, libations, crafts and spaces. <b>TCT: What advice would you give someone trying to become a travel writer?</b><b></b>Ask yourselves first if you expect writing (in travel or others areas) to pay the bills. It’s a saturated market and everyone is hustling. Focusing on one region or town can help position you as an expert and can lead to story opportunities. Some might disagree and think that it’s important to be willing to travel all across the world at the drop of a hat but I find it much easier and enriching to fully understand a place if I’m going to write about it. With Paris as my home base, I’ve been able to travel to other regions of France and spend time in other cities, getting to know the lay of the land, the history, the trends, their strengths. I find that has greater value than having a general grasp on a wide number of places. <b>TCT: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Paris and why?</b><b> </b><b></b>My own neighborhood! I’ve lived in the 11th arrondissement since I arrived 9 years ago and I’ve seen the neighborhood blossom around me. Artisanal shops, open air markets, incredible dining, proximity to the rest of the city…. I wouldn’t trade it for any other spot! <b>TCT: If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?</b><b></b>Very good question – probably working full time in advertising. I’ve done social media strategy work for brands big and small in addition to writing so I would probably dive in deeper into that world if I weren’t focused on my writing.<b>TCT: What advice would you give to your younger self?</b><b></b>Roll with the punches and trust the journey. <b>TCT: What’s next?</b> Finishing the book! And then traveling more than I was able to this year. <b></b><b>City or countryside? </b>A healthy mix of both!<b>Love or friendship? </b>They often go together.<b>Voltaire or Victor Hugo? </b>Monsieur Hugo.<b>Beer or wine? </b>Wine<b>Museums or street art? </b>Both!<b>Android or IOS? </b>IOS! </p>

TCT: Can you tell us a bit more about your upcoming book?

Absolutely! It focuses on the people, places and ideas driving a creative movement in Paris where, for the last handful of years, a new energy has emerged. Long considered a museum city, today’s Paris is forward-thinking and dynamic and I will be highlighting many of the changes that have led to this state of being across food & dining, coffee, pastry, libations, crafts and spaces.

TCT: What advice would you give someone trying to become a travel writer?

Ask yourselves first if you expect writing (in travel or others areas) to pay the bills. It’s a saturated market and everyone is hustling. Focusing on one region or town can help position you as an expert and can lead to story opportunities. Some might disagree and think that it’s important to be willing to travel all across the world at the drop of a hat but I find it much easier and enriching to fully understand a place if I’m going to write about it. With Paris as my home base, I’ve been able to travel to other regions of France and spend time in other cities, getting to know the lay of the land, the history, the trends, their strengths. I find that has greater value than having a general grasp on a wide number of places.

TCT: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Paris and why?

My own neighborhood! I’ve lived in the 11th arrondissement since I arrived 9 years ago and I’ve seen the neighborhood blossom around me. Artisanal shops, open air markets, incredible dining, proximity to the rest of the city…. I wouldn’t trade it for any other spot!

TCT: If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Very good question – probably working full time in advertising. I’ve done social media strategy work for brands big and small in addition to writing so I would probably dive in deeper into that world if I weren’t focused on my writing.

TCT: What advice would you give to your younger self?

Roll with the punches and trust the journey.

TCT: What’s next?

Finishing the book! And then traveling more than I was able to this year.

City or countryside? A healthy mix of both!

Love or friendship? They often go together.

Voltaire or Victor Hugo? Monsieur Hugo

Beer or wine? Wine

Museums or street art? Both!

Adroid or iOS? iOS!