Jeremy Seal’s Turkey travel book, A Fez of the Heart: Travels around Turkey in Search of a Hat, is in many ways a timeless book, which is why I am recommending it many years after it was published. Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Jeremy on Skype and had a nice conversation about the book, Turkey, and his life of travel writing. If you want to read my review of the book, click here.
In the interview I asked him the following questions:
1. Tell us about yourself.
2. When did you get the idea to center the book around the fez?
3. The book’s style weaves history within your travels. Talk about writing a book with that back-and-forth style.
4. If you were to come back today and write the same book, what would you need to change, i.e. what aspects of Turkey that you covered have changed?
5. The initial story set in the town of Pomegranate reminds me of my friend in Göreme whose life is so different from his father’s. What are your thoughts on those kind of generational differences in Turkey?
6. How did the book change you, i.e. what role did the book play in your personal growth and development?
7. What are you working on now?
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MORE BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR:
In the interview Jeremy mentions two other books he has written about Turkey. The first is about Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus), who is originally from Turkey. It is entitled Nicholas: The Epic Journey from Saint to Santa Claus
The second tells the story of a trip he took down a river in Turkey. It is called Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River.
Note: I am still new at doing formal interviews and have much to learn. Skype interviews are quite difficult as the interviewer spends most of the time listening while the camera is taking a close up, which means my big nose fills the frame. I look like a bobble-head doll most of the time. I did not want to interject little comments as it messes up the audio so I just kept nodding my head to show I was tracking. The effect is interesting to say the least! I also realized I need to smile more. Feel free to give more advice; I am eager for coaching and upgrading.
When I first reviewed this book I chose six commenters and gave them each a copy. To see the six winners of A Fez of the Heart: Travels around Turkey in Search of a Hat by Jeremy Seal click here.
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