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TRAVEL WRITER SUCCESS STORY An Interview with Linda Kissam “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva”

Known as the ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’, travel writer Linda Kissam is a longtime Big Blend Radio guest and contributor sharing stories about her food, wine and travel adventures across the country and around the world. A seasoned writer with a background in publicity and tourism management, Linda is also the President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. ‘The Diva’ specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. As she sips with the winemaker, dines with the chef, or shops with the gift concierge, she dishes out insights on the fabulous, the famous and the unforgettable. Whether riding the rails in Europe, hot air ballooning in Temecula, cruising on the Douro River, or being pampered at luxurious spas and resort, she’s investigating the local buzz to provide her readers with tips on what to buy and what to try.

Big Blend Radio: Linda Kissam discusses her Travel Writing Career.

So what does it take to be a successful in the world of travel writing? Listen to our Big Blend Radio discussion with Linda Kissam and read her answers to our 10 Travel Writing Industry Insider Questions about her career, including the challenges she faces, as well as her inspirations.

1. What led you to a career in the travel writing industry? I had a public relations company that supported the wine and hospitality industry. I used to bring the media in to write stories about my clients. When the big money crash came in 2008, magazines stopped paying for their writers to Linda resides in Southern California for most of visit my clients. The magazines asked me to just the year, and spends her summers sailing the send in turn-key articles to them. cool waters of Washington State. Keep up with Continued on Next Page… her adventures at PAGE 100


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