Long and Short Reviews welcomes Arthur J Gonzalez, whose debut novel The Photo Traveler was recently released. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Arthur is currently working on the second book in the Photo Traveler series, called The Peace Hunter. He’s also working on another untitled YA novel dealing with the end of the world, as well as a more adult-geared novel regarding Greek mythology set in the 21st century called The Olympian Chronicles.

“Think True blood of Greek Mythology,” he explained. “Quote me now…it…will…be…EPIC! ? As a young reader, I loved THE ILLUSTRATED MAN and anything surrounding Greek Mythology. The whole fantasy aspect is still there. It’s a way to escape the realities of our own world and imagine what life would be like given these situations.”

When Arthur was growing up, he didn’t want to be a writer; he wanted to be a doctor and went to college for medicine. He thought it’s what he was supposed to do for success.

“The passion I have for creating was never there for medicine,” he told me. “But I learned success shouldn’t be graded on monetary variables, but on the level of fulfillment you have in your life.”
Currently, his favorite author is Veronica Roth.

“It’s not solely due to her writing style and story-telling ability, but what she has done for young authors is amazing,” he said. “She has inspired me, personally. She deserves all the success coming her way. It just goes to show different the publishing world is and long gone are the days are Best-Sellers being older individuals. She represents a new age and I applaud her endlessly for that.”

The hardest part of writing for Arthur is the editing.

“It’s a never ending process! Even after the book is released I find myself editing and critiquing the work. I imagine this is how parents feel when their children grow up and they worry about them feverishly as if they were five,” he told me. “Now I can relate more to my mom when she calls me twenty times in a row because I didn’t pick up the first 18 times and she thought I may have died or fallen or been abducted. Love that crazy lady of mine.”

When Arthur isn’t writing, he likes to laugh and make memories. Because life is so short, he tries to soak every moment he has. He learned at an early age how important this is because his father passed away at 48 years old, without any warning. It was the saddest and scariest day of Arthur’s life and he decided then that he wanted to make sure he enjoyed very breathing moment of his life.

“What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?” I asked.

“I discovered I have a knack for creating genuine characters. It’s something important to me and (I think) I do a pretty good job at it. (Hopefully others feel the same way and I’m not ‘that guy’ patting himself on the shoulder while everyone laughs,” he said.

Arthur likes the idea of inspiring youth to read. When he was a teenager, he didn’t read often, but he’s come to appreciate reading on a whole different level. Now he’s borderline obsessed with reading.
“What is your most embarrassing moment?” I wondered.

“I was having the best day ever one day after school. It was the third day of my junior high school year. So there I am, crossing the street with the goofiest smile on my face after a successful Student Government meeting and BAM! I get struck by a F-350 pick-up.(Yes F-350!) And you want to know the worst part? I was justhit by a damn car and the first thing I thought of as I peeled myself from the ground was, ‘I hope no one saw that.’ Sometimes, I crack myself up. The goof news- no broken bones, only internal bruising.”

About the Author: THE PHOTO TRAVELER is young adult author Arthur J. Gonzalez’s first novel. Arthur was born and raised in Miami surrounded by his loud Cuban family. He graduated from the University of Florida, where he acquired his coffee obsession and his chocolate hoarding antics. He’s the proud father of one baby girl, Sookie–his miniature schnoodle dog. Arthur is a self-professed goofball who spends 98% of his life laughing. He’s now working on his second novel.

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Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his “family.”

Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin Hillstone, life will never be the same.


  1. Omg I read this book about 3 weeks ago, it’s amazing! Aww he seems so sweet! Love this book! Can’t wait for book 2!

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