I was born in Yorkshire and have a passion for travel. I have been travelling between work contracts since 1999 and have always wanted to write about my many experiences. The opportunity arose when I was invited to Australia to house-sit for six months. Pringles, Visas and a Glow in the Dark Jesus is my first book.
I caught the travel bug and my desire to see the world whisked me off on some unusual adventures. My voyage begins in Indonesia where I am flung headfirst into a full time teaching job and found myself caught up between the corrupt police force and the shady school owner, facing the prospect of five years in an Indonesian prison.
Escaping by the skin of my teeth, my enthusiasm was not dampened as I go on to climb Kilimanjaro, explore several of the seven ‘Stans and climb to Everest base camp.
But the journey which led me to write my book began in early 2013, when I flew to West Africa. I joined an overland truck that travelled from Senegal to Ghana, where I met couple Lynn and David, from Australia, and became firm friends with them. I had been unable to contact my parents for quite some time on this particular journey. Upon reaching Accra in Ghana, I was able to see my inbox for the first time in nearly two months – and the news was shocking.
My Mum, who had been battling cancer for four years, had now been diagnosed with numerous brain tumours and her mental health had deteriorated rapidly. I booked the next flight out of Accra which was the next morning and flew home. The next six months my Dad and I nursed my Mum, who, being such a strong woman, battled on through the most horrible things the cancer was doing to her body and mind. Sadly, she passed away on the 14th October 2013.
Lynn and David had kept in constant contact with me via e-mail, and shortly afterwards they asked if I would like to house and cat sit for them while they go travelling again for another six months in January 2014. Being a prolific traveller for the last 16 years, and in between work contracts, it did not take much convincing for me to accept their offer. I was on a flight to Sydney on December 28 did not return home until October 2014.
I spent six of those months sat in Lynn and David’s garden in the Blue Mountains writing my new book “Pringles, Visas and a Glow in the Dark Jesus” which is a humorous take on my experiences travelling and working overseas.