By Stephanie McGrath
In this episode, Stephanie and Joni interview author Katja Meier about her memoir Across the Big Blue Sea. Katja discusses her inspiration for writing a memoir and why she ultimately decided to self-publish her book. She also talks about the power of social media and the problems she encountered using Instagram to promote her work.
- Katja gives us a peek into her life in Tuscany and talks about why she wanted to write a memoir about her experiences.
- Katja discusses the role of social media in her life and the struggles she discovered when promoting her work through Instagram
- Katja talks about the process of selling the film rights to her book and the process of working with production company Equality Film.
- And more!
Links of Interest
Article: Turning my Instagram Followers into Book Buyers—and a Movie Deal https://kobowritinglife.com/2018/03/19/turning-my-instagram-followers-into-book-buyers-and-a-movie-deal/
Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/anythingtuscan/
Book Soundtrack: https://www.acrossthebigbluesea.com/book-soundtrack
Book Recommendations: https://www.acrossthebigbluesea.com/resources-literature
How to Help: https://www.acrossthebigbluesea.com/lesley
Adam Crofts Article about his Podcast Partners in Crime: https://kobowritinglife.com/2018/05/08/turning-a-passion-into-a-podcast-adam-croft-and-robert-daws-partners-in-crime/
Katja Meier is the author of Across the Big Blue Sea: Good Intentions and Hard Lessons in an Italian Refugee Home. Published in 2017, the memoir sheds light on the joys and challenges Katja encountered when trying to make a difference during Europe’s refugee crisis. A Swiss citizen who has spent most of her adult life abroad, Katja is a commentator on topics pertaining to migration in Italy and Europe. She writes about Tuscany and the bel paese for The Telegraph and her Map It Out blogs and currently works on a screenplay for the film adaptation of Across the Big Blue Sea.