I know you to be a phenomenal traveller! Do your experiences find their way into your books, too?
Oh, absolutely!!! My books are travel memoirs that tell every little dirty secret and detail about my travels starting when I was just a teenager. I have a LOT of catching up to do. I’ve only covered the first few countries in my books and have been to 100+ now!
Sihpromatum (Sip-row-may-tum) is a memoir series of one family’s introspective, four-year backpacking adventure. In 2005, 14-year-old Savannah Grace’s perfect world is shattered when her mother unexpectedly announces that the family would soon leave everything they know behind to travel the world. Best selling, award winning I Grew My Boobs in China takes the reader through China and Mongolia (the first of 80 countries visited).
“… unparalleled by anything that could have been written in fiction.” – Reader Views
“A most interesting story to tell – the locations and characters come to life.” – Writer’s Digest
As you are always on the go, how do you prepare for and organise your writing time?
To be honest, these days it’s either travel or writing. I can’t really balance them at the same time. When we were nomadic, doing full-time travel, I kept an extremely in-depth daily journal. I use those journals and past blogs for my books. I take notes and document my current travels on social media and my website sihpromatum.com
What is your number one tip for authors, when it comes to promoting and marketing their work?
My #1 tip for authors who are starting out is… DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE of expecting/forcing all your friends and family and their friends to be your audience. Don’t mix work with your personal life. You’re only going to burn bridges that way. Your friends and family love you, but that doesn’t mean they have to love your books. You need to build a platform in your genre by interacting with others in your field. Apply to BookBub, ENT and other promo sites to get the word out there about your book. Use Twitter. Join FB groups. Be ACTIVE (not just spamming links to everyone). Exposure is KEY.
Do you take many photos on your travels – and if so, do these inspire your writing?
I just got back from a two week road trip and took 3,500 photos… YES, I take lots of photos. So much so, that I start to worry I’m missing what’s in front of me and living my life through the lens. I do love sharing them and having them as a detailed reference when I’m writing.
What do you LOVE to do?
I love to do the above. Photography! I am far from being a professional but I can’t stop myself from taking photo after photo. I love it. I love storing the memories and sharing them with others.
Like I said above, I JUST got back from a ROAD TRIP: 10 Countries, 10 Capital Cities (https://sihpromatum.com/2016/07/31/road-trip-10-countries-10-capital-cities/) and the month before I went on a ONE-DAY, FIVE-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP (https://sihpromatum.com/2016/06/21/birthday-blitz-road-trip/) for my birthday. I have now been to 108 countries and honestly feel satisfied in my travels. My NEXT plans are to simply WRITE. No more play, no more collecting material. I need to catch up with all the things I already have to write about before I go anywhere else. Having said that, I know I’ll be back on the road before I know it. When I visited my 100th country, I said I was going to retire from travelling…Travel isn’t a job, it’s an addiction.