I mentioned in my last blog post that I’ve returned to the UK for the wonderful November weather, and because me and Jimmy are shipping our bikes to Cape Town for another adventure.
Well, our bikes have been shipped, and it’s now December – and the British weather is still wonderful… if you like wind and rain and grey skies and long dark nights.
I also came back to finish off my second book about my journey through Siberia. And that book is now complete. Finished. Not just a written manuscript, but a completed, printed paperback.
It has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions. After an intense couple of weeks focussing on nothing but the book, a wave of relief washed over me when I finally sent the files to the printers. When I got the proof copy through the post, I wasn’t excited to see the final product; instead I simply took it out of the packaging and tossed it to one side. Sick of it. No one should have to read a book as many times as I’ve read and re-read this one! The thought of having to read it one last time as a final check was dreadful… But having done that and placed a print run, when the 500 books contained in 18 boxes arrived at the front door, I was finally excited. It feels like the end of a journey that began two years ago when I flew out to Siberia with my bicycle.
Now that excitement has faded; replaced by anxiety – of not knowing what people will think of the book, and by fear… I remember similar feelings when I finished my first book Desert Snow; it has not got any easier the second time around.
With this book, I feel I’ve taken a risk. It is not like Desert Snow. It’s not like many adventure travel books I’ve read before. You might think it a little off-the-wall; a little crazy. Then again, you might call me crazy for having gone to cycle in Siberia in winter anyway. You might not like it at all. But my fear is less about how people will judge the book; it’s because I have laid bare my soul within the pages of this book and I fear more about how people may judge me.
Still, I shouldn’t have long to wait. A Siberian Winter’s Tale is now available to buy. It’ll be available from bookstores from 16th December. But if you can’t wait that long, and want a signed copy, then you can order it here and I’ll post it straight out to you… could be the perfect read over Christmas.
In the meantime, I’ll be packing my bags, ready to welcome in the new year and a new adventure from Cape Town…
Oh, and if you happen to read the book, I’m always very grateful of an honest review on Amazon 🙂