Saturday, March 31, 2018

Interview with Author Sarah Outen

Dare To Do

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I have always loved words and writing and it seemed natural to me to write about my journeys to be able to share them.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
Dare to Do is all about my bid to loop the planet using only human power, charting the ups and downs of my journey which I called London2London:Via the World. The audience is broad - from folks who were involved in the journey at any level to outdoor enthusiasts to armchair adventurers to school children. I hope it has enough depth to be stimulating but enough accessibility to be broad in its offering.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
I hope they have a sense of the wonders of the wild and the kindness of strangers, as well as having the courage to step out on their own journeys - whatever that may be to them. I also hope it encourages more people to be more open and aware about mental health issues.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Seek and listen to the opinions of others in relation to your work and remember you are not writing the book for you - it is for readers.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I think books are here to stay - they are intrinsic to our lives. I just hope that people keep leaving enough time in their life for books. I would like to see more diversity in the adventure publishing world where often stories by white middle class men dominate.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
My book was written off the back of a long and arduous expedition and with a fiercely short deadline. Processing my journey and the pressure of trying to write so quickly came together in a rather frightening implosion of depression and anxiety. Sometimes it would take me three hours just to get downstairs in the morning, whereupon I wouldn't know what to do. My partner took to leaving breakfast out for me already, getting my clothes ready and calling me every half an hour to coach me through. That was before I even got in front of a desk. Happily there were good times in writing too. 

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
I am pretty confident that it will be unique in content and I am certain that it will leave you wanting to get on your bike and go pedaling, just as one person in the book does. It always has some beautiful pictures of wildlife – who doesn't want to see a sea turtle staring out of the page?!

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