How did you first become interested in writing travel books?
When blogging for the first time to reach people and ask for donations towards the charity that I was raising money for in helping sick kids.
How did you manage to get your first travel book published?
Someone at Summersdale approached me after following one of my adventures.
What is your writing process like, both on the road and at home? And how long does it take you to write a book inclusive of the research, travel, writing, and editing phases?
It’s about half and half writing on the road and at home. I always write everything on my iPhone while on the adventure and when I’m home I fill in the gaps. It takes me about two years, on and off, throughout the process.
What books or authors influence or inform your own work?
My partner in crime, Anna McNuff, who is an adventurer, motivational speaker, and an amazing author – she always inspires me to write more.
What advice would you give to someone interested in writing a travel book?
However you do it, inspire yourself to travel, inspire yourself to write.
What is so appealing about the travel book as a literary form?
It humanizes distant places.
Why write about travel?
Travel is where we feel the most alive, it’s easy to put pen to paper that any adventure.
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