This is pretty exciting. First off, I would like to say thanks to Author’s Lounge for having me. Next, I will dive right in. My book Everest Base Camp: Close Call, (published by Crowe Creations in September 2020) is actually my own personal story inspired by true events. Often times people have dreams, but they don’t go after them because they are convinced it is impossible to do so. Maybe they believe they can’t do it on a financial level, maybe they don’t have the confidence, or support or another laundry list of other reasons. The result is, time goes by, and they keep putting their dreams off, and before they know it, life has passed them by and they start to regret the things they didn’t do.
Like many other people I have a few things on my bucket list. One of them was to attempt to hike up to Everest Base Camp. I am not a huge outdoors person but I have some experience in endurance, hiking and resilience. In 2017 I hiked a large section of the El Camino de Santiago. I hiked over three hundred kilometers in Spain. You can read all about that in my other book; El Camino de Santiago on a Wrecked Ankle. I decided to cross another item off my bucket list and attempt to hike up to Everest Base Camp. My book Everest Base Camp: Close Call is the experience in reaching for my dreams. I started my journey in mid-November and into December 2019. Often times people forget that dreams are not just about the destination but the journey itself. This is one of the biggest lessons I learned on my trip. Just like anything else in life, dreams begin with just one step.
I wrote this book for many reasons. My two main reasons; 1) Inspire other people to reach for their dreams or at least some version of it 2) People like to travel from the comfort of their own home. People read books to escape and to feel something different. My book provides this and much more. The target audience for my book is primarily adult but I believe anyone age sixteen years and above would enjoy the book. This type of book is also good for anyone who enjoys traveling, (from the comfort of their own home or other wise) and would be a good resource for someone who is thinking of hiking up to Everest Camp themselves or any other hiking adventures. My book is a reminder that no matter how well prepared you think you are, something unexpected is almost guaranteed to happen!
I am hoping to inspire readers to reach for their own dreams, no matter how big or how small. It just takes a little bit of planning to get the ball rolling. It’s like people who talk about hoping to write a book someday but keep saying to themselves they can’t do it. The best way to bring that dream to fruition is actually to start writing. It’s not complicated, just write. People think you need oodles of time to write a book but that is not true. You can always get stuff done with small slivers of time. As long as you keep writing it will get done. Small slivers of a pie will eventually add up to an entire pie. The same goes for writing a book.
At some point I would like to use this book to inspire others to reach for their dreams through writing workshops. In the past I have taught Writing for Enjoyment at local community centres. I hope to do so again in the future. My book is available through Amazon and the Novel Idea Bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. I write part-time on top of working a full time job and attending college part-time.
The Author’s Lounge is a wonderful opportunity for author’s from all over to connect and for reader’s to gain more insight. Thanks again for including me. Last but not least here is a bit more about me and a couple of links I would like to share.
Catina Noble is an Ottawa writer with over two hundred publications including books, articles, short stories and poetry. Her work has appeared in several publications including but not limited to; Woman’s World Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Bywords, Riverview Park Review, PEN, YTravel Blog, The Mindful Word, Mojito Mother, Baby Post and many others. She is the author of nine books and three chapbooks of poetry. Her poem You Can’t See Me won first place in the Canadian Author’s Association Poetry Contest in 2014. Three of her books have the Reader’s Favorite Silver Seal of Approval; Vacancy at the Food Court & Other Short Stories and I’m Glad I Didn’t Kill Myself, Everest Base Camp: Close Call. She has a B.A. from Carleton University and SSW from Algonquin College.
Everest Base Camp: Close Call is available here on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com