GoNOMAD Writer Profiles
Janis Turk is a travel writer, photographer, editor and professor who divides her time between Texas and Louisiana.
Her work has appeared in magazines such as Hemispheres (United Airlines in-flight), Spirit (Southwest Airlines in-flight), Pontiac Performance, Luxx Jewellry, Louisiana Cookin, New York City Thrive as well as popular newspapers such as The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle and others.
Turk recently signed a book contract with Frommer’s and is writing a guide book on Austin and San Antonio. She is a member of the faculty in the department of English and Communication Studies at Texas Lutheran University.
Stories and photos by Janis Turk:
It's midnight in Macau, and a stout little Chinese woman is standing on my back.
“Whoa! This is unexpected!” I think as my chest caves into itself on the tall, hard massage table of the Wong Chio On Mo Chong Sam salon.
It's only 120 Hong Kong dollars (about $20 US) for a one-hour massage, and soon a stern-looking woman whisks me upstairs. The place conjures images of a Haight Asbury hippie coffeehouse circa 1969, or worse an opium den.
In a dark room, the woman covers my naked back with threadbare towels and proceeds to climb upon the massage table. In one quick astonishing move, she's standing on my back where she will stay for the next hour — working intricate miracles, surprises in my sinews, massaging my muscles with her toes.
The four corners of mystery writer Tony Hillerman’s world aren’t on any map.
They lie someplace between fiction and fantasy, myth and memory, and are bordered by ancient cliff dwellings, steep canyon walls, sun-baked Zuni pueblos and dry winds that sweep across Navajo lands.
So the best way to experience Hillerman Country is to go by the book.
Take along some of Hillerman’s 20 best-selling novels while traveling through Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, and see the Four Corners region of the Southwest through new eyes.
Hillerman recalls it as “love at first sight,” when he first beheld the Four Corners region, and says he’s “been getting acquainted with its mountains, canyons and interesting cultures ever since,” and so have his readers, who have fallen in love with Hillerman’s characters and the rugged country where his murder mysteries are set. Read more...
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