Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m an English writer and avid female adventurer. Born and raised in South West London, I read Geography at the University of Chichester where shortly after, my travels took me to the open highways of North America. Spending five months living in Ghana, West Africa volunteering in teaching tennis to children, led me to founding non-profit organisation ‘Africa Tennis Aid’. Shortly after, I went to live in the Amazon Rainforests of Ecuador, inspiring my second travel book and audio book ‘Letters From The Amazon’ by PeopleTalk Podcasts and spent two years travelling around Australia, living in an aborigine community and writing my first travel book ‘The Show Must Go On – Being with an Australian Travelling Zoo’. In recent times, I went and spent time with Buddhist Monks whilst building houses in Cambodia and a year hitchiking around New Zealand, waka sailing with Maoris and visiting indigenous villages.
I have written for ‘Tennis Life UK’ and ‘Tennis Today’ Magazine and an adaptation of my first travel story ‘The Show Must Go On – Being with an Australian Travelling Zoo’ was first published in 2013 in German for travel book ‘Australien wie wir es sehen’. I still live in London, where I love playing tennis, petting dogs and wonder at the world about me.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The first book I have written is called ‘The Show Must Go On – Being with an Australian Zoo’. It is a creative narrative of my experience travelling as an English animal care assistant on the carnival circuit of East Australia. The carnival circuit is an exclusive world which I was privy to be welcomed into, so the story was my way of sharing this carnival life through my eyes as a foreign outsider in this fanciful world not many can imagine.
Its free on Amazon Kindle for Australia Day weekend 26th – 28th January 2018
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write how I speak alot of the time or how I speak internally to myself. I think my writing habits portray an expression more like an intimate candid conversation you would be having with me through the pages of these crazy things I’ve done. I hope it comes across that way anyway.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love unique adventure stories and I aspire to write and entertain others through writing my own. I like books from the adventures of Levison Wood, Charlie Carroll and Lois Pryce, especially solo womens adventure travel stories. I hope I can inspire women through my own unique adventure stories, hit the road, make the most of their time and explore this great big fascinating world around us by following their curiosity and see the funny side of life too…..
But I did love Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, which traveller or free spirit doesn’t?
What are you working on now?
Its called ‘Letters from The Amazon’ as a working title and was originally a short version made into a six part audio book produced by PeopleTalk Podcasts. It was inspired by my childhood love for Indiana Jones and the desire to follow in his adventurous footsteps into the Amazon Rainforest, not only feeding my incessant thirst for adventure but also discovering I would be following in his footsteps to the most sacred natural treasure trove that is being snatched away as we speak…
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Still working that out! Hopefully Awesome Gang! you were recommended by the way…..
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Not established enough yet to justify – I’m still a new author!
I would just say if you have a story you’re just compelled to tell, just work hard, improve your craft to make it the best you can do and put it out there and see what happens! You’ll feel alot better…
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The cave you fear to enter, holds the treasure you seek to find…..
And you have to be willing to do things other people are not willing to do, that’s what sets you apart for success.
What are you reading now?
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – about not giving up hope when faced with greatest adversaries.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Continuing my second travel story ‘Letters From The Amazon’ which I hope this time to submit to a traditional publisher to help me share my adventure and discoveries.
Watch this space….
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Mmmm… aside from a couple of adventure story books, a blank notebook to write….I think by the Dalai Lama also – I’d have time and peace to meditate!
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