It’s not every day that someone decides to take a cross-country journey, blog about it, then turn that blog into a book. But British author Lance Leuven has done just, and as a new writer he shares what he’s already learned.
1. Tell me briefly about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
Well it all started with a rash decision after the pub, really. I was at home pondering my upcoming 30th birthday when I concluded that there wasn’t really anything stopping me from doing something I’d been thinking about for a while. So the next day I walked into work, quit my job, and then handed in notice on my flat. My plan was to spend the summer traveling the length and breadth of the UK. I compiled a list of things to see and do and lastly decided to write a blog of my experiences for my friends to follow. With my long list of tasks to complete my trip became quite a rip-roaring gallivant across the nation encompassing a vast amount of what the UK has to offer. This, combined with the inevitable bad luck, misadventures and disasters, led me to think that maybe others might enjoy sharing my story, so I decided to publish the blog.
2. How have your sales been?
Well I only published a couple of weeks ago so fairly slow so far. Due to the nature of the book my first task is to reach the right audience. Being not simply a genre-specific novel or travel guide or anything straightforward means that reaching the people who’d be interested in its “niche” nature is my first and biggest challenge!