AP Tampa correspondent Tamara Lush was chosen by Amtrak as one of 24 writers for its residency program. It was designed for creative professionals to spend time traveling and writing. During her 15-day trip, she interviewed people for the Tales on a Train project and worked on her next novel, a romance about a newspaper publisher and a billionaire.

Tamara began her journey in Florida and then circled the US. Her trip ended in New Orleans.