Oh, The Places We’ll Go
It’s been over five years since we returned from our year in an Italian village. If you’ve read Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center, you know that it was a transformative experience, changing us in ways small and profound. Some of those changes I chronicle in IBC—we got used to relying on each other, to slow down and appreciate small moments of connection with other people, our palates broadened as we tested our strength on foods such as snails and lung stew, and we grew almost comfortable making complete fools of ourselves.
After I launched IBC, I started getting frequent messages from parents wondering how they could have their own international experience. I hit on this idea of asking traveling families to contribute to writing a book to help others realize their travel dreams. I figured if I illustrated that the possible paths ahead were myriad and limitless, it would embolden families to dust off their own dreams and step on their own path. And The Road Taken: How To Dream, Plan, and Live Your Family Adventure Abroad was born.
The ripples just keep coming.
Because you see, in writing about how to create a family year abroad, and weaving together stories of families that RV’d through Europe and backpacked through India and settled in Kyrgyzstan and road-tripped through Western Asia, it dawned on me that I wanted another adventure. I noticed the number of hours that Gabe spent sprawled on the floor, head in hand, as he traced roadways in his giant atlas. I realized that Keith’s new job as a developer gives him the same location independence as his old job as a graphic designer. It also occurred to me that like many of the parents who contributed to my book, I could use my strength-based therapy skills to make a living on the road. Inspired by the stories I was lucky enough to be able to tell in my book, it suddenly became clear—
It’s time for the next chapter.
A new chapter.
One defined by what we crave now.
Let me tell you what I mean…
Awarded a spot in the 25th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book!
Last year, I wrote my first novel, Santa Lucia, a story that revolves around the people of Santa Lucia, a fictionalized town on the border between Umbria and Le Marche. With short, punchy chapters, Santa Lucia is the literary love-child of espresso and a telenovela—full of romance, suspense, mystery, betrayal, and seduction, told in dialogue-filled narration. Readers tell me that it is a page-turner firmly spun with the magic of Italy. I am beyond thrilled with the reception thus far, particularly as Santa Lucia was recently accepted into the 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book. To celebrate, the electronic version of Santa Lucia is promotionally priced at $2.99. So you can get a copy for yourself and a friend! Then you and your buddy can get together and swap suspicions about Massimo just like the villagers of Santa Lucia.
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