Mar 28 2011
There are not many occasions when following a guide book feels like taking advice from a native, but Fiona Caulfield accomplishes the impossible, creating a compendium of ”better than a native” suggestions in the Love Guides for India. An Australian native, she has made India her home. Given our ongoing obsession with the Love Guides and my recent trip to India, we decided to pick Fiona Caulfield’s brain for even more tips than her books already provide. Fiona Caulfield is officially our newest author crush.
1. Do you prefer aisle or window? (Please explain.)
Aisle, specifically an aisle in a middle row. I need freedom.
2. The Love Guides are incredibly detailed. How long did you travel in India before you started making them to compile your bank of insider information?
I first travelled to India in 1992, then again in 2001. I became a resident in India late 2004 with the idea for the brand and then published the first book in February 2007. It now takes about a year to research the first edition of a book.
3. The guidebooks themselves and the maps and drawings they contain are so charming. What gives you the inspiration for their design?
The design brief was sensuality and the content brief intimacy. I wanted the content to feel like I had written a letter to a good friend and the drawings to be like a sketch I would include in a letter, if I could draw. Continue Reading »Read more: Author Crush, Author Interview, Book Reviews, Fiona Caulfield, India, Love India Guidebooks, Travel Tips and Resources