Publication Day!

It’s finally here – publication day!

I’ve been dreaming about this day since I was a little girl and today’s the day that my debut novel hits the (virtual) shelves.

The Trip (formerly called The Beach) is a psychological thriller which features many of the places we visited on our backpacking trip. My characters travel through Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. There are also scenes set in the Yorkshire Dales.

Pub Street in Siem Reap, Cambodia features in the novel, although the actual bar/club is fictional
My characters visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia
The characters take a boat trip in Hoi An, Vietnam
The characters spend some time in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
The Temple of Literature, Hanoi is in my novel
The beach in the novel is fictional, but based on some of the beaches we visited in Thailand
The main character, Holly, lives in the Yorkshire Dales in a fictional village. The landscape around her is beautiful, but isolated.

The process of getting a book written and published is a lengthy one. I already had the first draft written before we went travelling but it went through several drafts before finally landing a publisher.

My novel was picked up through open submissions (I don’t have an agent) by the HarperCollins digital imprint, Killer Reads, which has now merged into One More Chapter.

I secured the deal during the third leg of my backpacking trip in March 2019. I had to run around Chiang Mai trying to find an internet café so that I could print out and sign the contract! My author photo was taken by my husband and I’m wearing the last bit of make-up I had with me. It was taken in a hotel in Pai and I got a lot of funny looks from the other guests as I posed for it.

My ‘author pic’ – taken on my travels

The ebook and paperback is now available on Amazon.

3 thoughts on “Publication Day!

  1. Well done Sarah – hope you’re enjoying today

    Helen

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  2. Congratulations. It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it. I like the pictures and the stories you included. I’ll have to check out your book.

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