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1. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

there you go. Probably not that exciting for most of you and at least a year away from completion.

I'll keep you in the loop.

It's set in India and the intention is for it to fall somewhere between Shantaram and Are You Experienced.


2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5642 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I will see it in the bookshop next year
Maybe we can win it during one of the photocompetitions

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey Joey - you go for it!!!!! Do you have a title yet or are you waiting to see how it all unfolds??? Oh, and do TP members get free copies?? (Okay, at least Admin and Mods???)

Best of luck with it and I do hope you get published!!! ;)

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3891 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Good Luck! I loved both the books you mentioned, so it sounds good.

Perhaps you could post an 'exclusive' preview on TP?!

5. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

That's cool! Currently reading Shantaram and really enjoying it. Good luck writing it!


6. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the replies guys....

As I am feeling generous here is the prologue:

Masala Dosa's just don't cut it when you are tremendously hungover. I needed to be in my usual seat at the Excelsior Cafe along the Cowley Road in Oxford. Underneath the big tiger painting tucking into a greasy fry up. Large coke. Ice. White bread and lots of butter.

Instead I find myself behind a dark glass door in an unnamed air conditioned restaurant opposite Egmore Train Station in Chennai, south India. It's reasonably clean and mercifully cool at least. Outside the world races by. My head spins and my stomach lurches. 4 Whiskey's on the flight. A couple of beers from the hotel mini-bar. 1 hour's sleep. Jet lag.

The day's first cigarette makes my head spin more. My brain seems to expand and begin to push on the walls of my skull. Despite the best efforts of my expensive RayBan sunglasses the sun's rays pierce my eyes. India is brighter than anywhere I have been. Louder. More colourful. More pungent. More alive. A steaming pile of cow shit snaps me out of my reverie. A man on a hideously over-loaded bicycle swerves to avoid my stumbling. I need to lie down.

Go easy on me ;)

7. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

P.s - not title yet but have written about 1000 words or 2 full chapters and around 10 random paragraphs

basic idea is-

-a vaguely mysterious protagonist (drawing on my own travels and experiences and embellishing)
-travelling in India in 2007
-there are 2 or 3 plots - one is the current in india, one is his childhood, one is a jumble of previous travel experiences that shape the main plot and give strength to the idea of who the main character is
-i am contemplating a number of twists and turns
- the girl (main character falls in love)
-a mystery that needs unravelling by main character
- a bad guy/girl

can't say much more at this stage as it is a weird and wonderful work in progress but the key words are-

Backpacker/Independent Traveller

I forgot to mention that I have read The Beach several times too and will draw inspiration from there too. That will throw a bit more light on where I'm going with my story for a few of you I'm sure;)

I'm also hoping to think of a way to bring in a strong sense of India's culture and how much the nation is moving forward and growing and changing all the time - Music, literature, religion, daily life, politics, relations with neighbouring countries etc.

Enough from me

8. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Go for it!! I loved both books and it sounds like a great idea for a novel!

Best of luck mate

9. Posted by rollingpen (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Congrats, Joey! Don't give it up!... I read a great novel that just got published, by a backpacker who traveled through the Indian Himalayas and Northern Pakistan. It's called Fidali's Way, by George Mastras. Really great book. Thriller, romance, adventure, and page-turning all in one. Plus topical to world events. So, it can be done and you will do it too! ;) I highly recommend Fidali's Way to anyone who likes to travel. You guys should check it out on Amazon, or

Best of luck to you!...

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jan-2009, at 18:54 by rollingpen ]

10. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Best of luck Joey!

I'm just finishing up by own book (travel fiction) have non-fiction published in the past. Been studying the market's agents and publishers. It's a hard game these days with not much $$ at the end. My only advice is to write because you love to, and not for $.

Sounds to me like you are on right track and I wish you the very best.