The week I was offered the gig of writing Great Destinations Kauai (Countryman Press, Dec 08), I found out I was pregnant. So as all about-to-be rotund women do, I freaked. I started calculating how I could possibly write a book and be a spaced out breeder at the same time.
I should clarify with this aside, I do not live in Kauai nor in Hawaii. Rather I abide in San Francisco. But I have traveled to over 30 countries and spent a ridiculous amount of time on the Hawaiian islands. It is fair to say that a good writer can capture the essence of a place, without living there. In fact, some of the best guidebooks I have read come from folks who travel to a place more than they have lived there.
That being said, I assure you that I researched the heck out of Kauai--and aside from a couple guidebook writers who I won't mention, I know more about Kauai than my little brain can handle. Which is why I am imparting my knowledge to you.
I also want to clarify that my book is not one of those how to reap the benefits of the culture books and see every secret beach. Instead, because I love Kauai, I wrote a book that actually guides people to understand the impact of their footprints on the island. Without preaching, I want to encourage visitors to respect this fragile environment, so that my son can enjoy it as much as I do. This means you won't read about secret beaches or waterfalls in my book. Rather you are led to the best safe locations around the island.
Next post: The First Research Trip.