Jennifer S. Alderson


Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle and currently lives in Amsterdam. Her love of travel, art and culture inspired her on-going series following the adventures of Zelda Richardson around the globe. In Down and Out in Kathmandu, Zelda volunteers in Kathmandu, where she gets entangled with a gang of diamond smugglers. The Lover’s Portrait follows Zelda to Amsterdam, where she discovers a cache of masterpieces missing since World War Two.

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Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand Preview

"I ended up in the back seat of a chicken truck’s cab heading through beautiful scenery and disastrous roads to my hotel..."

Part cultural and adventure travel guide, part journey of self-discovery, this travelogue takes you on a backpacking adventure through Nepal and Thailand. It also provides a first-hand account of one volunteer’s experience teaching in a Nepali school and living with a devout Brahmin family.

"The author’s experiences are uplifting and motivating and will inspire readers to take a backpack and travel to new destinations.The detailed narration captures the essence, sights and sounds of both the places, and fills readers with an urge to discover Nepal and Thailand." Readers' Favorite, 5 star medal



Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery

Zelda wants to teach children English and 'find herself' in Kathmandu.
Ian wants to get stoned and trek the Himalayas.
Tommy wants to get rich by smuggling diamonds.
How their stories collide will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Pick up my travel thriller, Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery, and begin your journey to Nepal and Thailand today!

"Better than anything else I've read lately, this one was a joy to come back to daily. I could tell she was familiar with the area, and her writing made me feel I was there as well." - Amazon VINE VOICE review

“A book I’d like to mention to any readers thirsty for some armchair adventure.” – Beth Green of The Displaced Nation

Available as paperback and eBook