Molly Koeneman is the author of travel essays that pack readers into her carry-on as she travels the world, mostly alone and mostly without a clue what she’s going to do next. Since 2015, she has traveled to +25 countries across six continents while working Chicago office hours. The trending term is “Digital Nomad.” She’s gone scuba diving with hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos, followed the 2019 Women’s World Cup around France, took a university-level literature class in Athens, learned to surf in Morocco, and hiked the Inca Trail; she’s traveled with best friends and has made new best friends; she’s fallen in love with places, faces and herself.
Books for Query
I have two books to query, the first is an essay collection covering the three months I spent in Morocco in the fall of 2018. This collection is still in the second draft; one more round of revisions followed by beta readers are next.
The second book, what I’m considering my On the Road collection, is being drafted. I have fourteen essays outlined.
I spent threes months falling in love in Morocco. I had great experiences, great food, and even met a handsome stranger. These essays surmount to a love story, one in which the girl gets the life she was already living.
When you spend 30 days in an SUV, mostly by yourself driving, you have a lot of time to think–I thought a lot about the road trip I’d taken 11 years earlier with my mother, my auntie, and my grandparents; and I thought about my life and how desperate I was to find a purpose for it. You also have a lot of time to admire how beautiful the world is.
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List of Published Work
- “Age of Maturity,” short story published in “Commutability, stories about the journey from here to there,” an anthology published by The Main Street Rag
- “Apron String,” short story published in Niche in 2012
- “Casualty of Home,” collection of short stories published for undergraduate thesis, 2011
- Excerpt of “Hand-Me-Down,” a short story, published in Areté, 2010
- Outstanding Literature Major, March 2011
- First Place in the Jim Wayne Miller Fiction Writing Contest, October 2010
To see a full-detailed resume of Molly’s work experience, publication, presentation and awards, click here.