How I became a travel writer
My husband, David, and I have always enjoyed
exploring new places, whether in Britain or abroad, and I usually keep a photographic record of each trip. Once we had
paid off our mortgage, we were able to venture further afield for our annual holidays and I began to keep a detailed
diary to supplement the photographs.
After we had been on a particularly eventful
holiday to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia with an organisation called Explore Worldwide, we told our friends and family
about all the things that had happened to us. Several people said to me, "You ought to write a book" and once I had
retired and had more time to spare, I thought, "Why not give it a try?"
As I began to word process the book, I found
that the diary and photographs brought back more memories that were not recorded. Once I had completed the manuscript to
my satisfaction, I attended a creative writing class where others in the group gave constructive criticism. I found this
a devastating process but, as a result, completely rewrote the book and then included some of my photographs.
I e-mailed the first couple of chapters to
Pneuma Springs Publishing, whose details I had found on the internet, on the off-chance that they may be interested.
They asked to see the rest of the book and much to my amazement, accepted it for publication. This first book, entitled
'From Coconuts to Condors', was released in 2009. I was fortunate enough to be able to arrange signing days at the
local branches of Waterstones and Borders, the latter sadly since having gone into liquidation. The photograph shows David
and me at one of these signing days.
Once I found that people wanted to read my
book, this gave me more confidence and in 2010, I wrote a second book, this time about a holiday in Mexico, Guatemala
and Belize, again with Explore Worldwide. Pneuma Springs also accepted this manuscript for publishing and 'Temples
and Tacos' was released in 2011. However, as was the case with my first book, the photographs were reproduced in
black and white.
I decided to self-publish my third book, 'Rice,
Rats and Rickshaws', in order to have the photographs printed in colour. This book describes a journey through China from
Hong Kong to Beijing, another Explore adventure. As well as the photographs, it includes maps of the Provinces through which
we travelled and became available as a paperback at the end of August 2013.
If you wish to purchase the paperback version
of any of these books and find that they are no longer available through your local bookseller, please contact me direct at:
As more and more people now seem to be choosing
to do their reading on portable electronic screens, all these books are also available as e-books through Amazon Kindle.
If you would like to find out more about
Explore holidays, please visit their website at: