The American Borders Motorcycle Diaries chronicles my breakdowns in small towns all around the USA riding the edges of America on a cranky Russian motorcycle. In 1995 I had a job test riding this motorcycle for potential sale to the US market as a novelty bike. Concurrently, I was freelancing for O’Reilly & Associates to test the online dispatches to the internet, now called blogs. It was an exciting story as the bike broke down about every 500 miles, getting me stuck in the most interesting places.
Listen to Chapter One in MP3 format
Download Chapter One: Aren’t You Scared?
STORIES FROM ELSEWHERE
Stories from Elsewhere: Solo Wanderings on Two and Three Wheels is a collection of my travel stories from America, Africa, Europe, India, and China. The print book was created for Overland Expo and a percentage of the proceeds were donated to their non-profit, ConserVentures. It is now only available in pdf format and you can buy it here.
Motorcycling for Women: Beginner Bikes – Free
I’ve been self-publishing since 1994 and since 2010 have been teaching others how to publish, promote and sell your books in print and every popular e-book format. The method is fairly simple, but there are lots of options. The Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors provides a step-by-step guide through theses options. The book provides checklists, and when all the tasks are checked off, your book is published. To buy these books and download free presentations, please visit the Self-Publishing Boot Camp website.
Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing 2011
I am honored to announce that my story Alone, Illegal, and Broken Down in China is included in the new Travelers’ Tales Anthology edited by James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly, with an introduction by Pico Iyer who writes that “…many, many of [these stories] did what only the most memorable trips–and the most deeply felt essays–do, which is to deposit me back in my life someone different from the person who set out.”
I’ve also been published in:
Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel
Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel was first published by our writing group in 2001. We were frustrated that our best stories weren’t getting read because they didn’t fit into the standard newspaper and magazine story format – many are from places their advertisers did not approve of. How can a magazine sell advertising next to a story about motorcycling in India, for example. In this book twelve women travel the globe, returning as often as they can to share their tales of adventure. Through these pages you will journey alongside each author, traveling through China on a motorcycle, playing with fire at a volcano’s edge in Hawaii, experiencing the supernatural in Scotland, or falling in love in Moscow. Life’s adventures are expressed here with sensitivity and verve, providing a terrific read that is sure to become a favorite of book groups, armchair travelers, and wild women everywhere.
Ireland: The Sacred and the Profane – Free
I produced this multimedia magazine in 2008, after the Wild Writing Women took a trip together to explore Northern Ireland. It’s been called the next-best thing to a flight to Dublin, and it is… it’s a free 262-page multimedia exploration of Eire with tales of adventure, practical travel tips, linked resource lists, reviews, events, and roadside attractions. Whether you’ve been there, are going there, or are simply longing for some Eire magic in your life, download it now for instant gratification!