Charlie is stuck in a rut. Tied to a telephone in a dingy Earls Court travel agent, dotted with dusty pot plants and faded posters of faraway places is not the life she had envisaged. A ‘phone call from her old mate, Jake, provides her with the opportunity to break out. They embark on an adventure of a lifetime in a Combi van through the African Continent. Will this change her life forever?
This easy read , chic-lit style love story,will be an inspiration for all those looking to break out of their rut. Pick it up for a holiday read or a good bedtime tale.
Targeted Age Group:: 20-60How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
The book is an easy-read chick-lit novel but without the sex. It is intended to be an inspirational tale urging people to take a risk and look outside of their everyday life for fulfilment, not just looking for the man of their dreams as an answer to their unhappiness. Having said that, there is romance in the book!
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Start writing! Plan your book, your characters, your plots and sub-plots. Bring the book alive.
I moved to London after university and worked as a travel agent. I got stuck in London and found it difficult to break out of my rut. Finally I took the plunge and handed in my notice. I tried various jobs after that from marketing a glossy travel magazine to running a gym in Victoria. But I was still stuck in London so I took up the opportunity of travelling in a VW Combi van from Capetown to Cairo. At last I could breathe. The open space, fresh air and stimulating environment awoke something inside me. I never looked back. After arriving back in London I soon left to volunteer with people with special needs in Colorado. I found my days so rewarding and this was to be the basis of my career as a life and career coach.
I returned to the UK and took career and life coaching training. I have been helping others make positive changes in their lives for the past decade and have just finished putting together a life coaching coffee table book!
I remember answering the ‘phone at the travel agents, where I worked. A keen young gap-year student was looking to travel around the world. As I gave her the options, trying to put enthusiasm into my voice, she interupted me, saying I sounded a bit jaded! I was. I was staring at a dusty pot plant in a rabbit warren of an old office in Earls Court. I was stuck in a rut! With no job to go to, I headed straight for the HR department and handed in my notice.
The next twelve months saw me fltting from job to job, trying desperately to find my niche in life. But I never regreted my decision to leave as it took me on a fantastic pathway. I now work as a career and life coach, having spent the past decade in the outdoors adventure industry. I live in New Zealand but spend most of the winter in Europe.
I want other people to be inspired to take that leap of faith, find the courage and break out of that rut!