As some of you may be aware from my previous posts, I have been busily working towards my first novel, The Amazing Road Trip Home – England to India with Strangers. The manuscript is complete and I am hoping to publish it in 2021. I have created a dedicated website to keep everyone up to date. Would be great to have my blog community onboard! Please check it out.
The name before the change
When I began writing my draft novel in 2015, a book title hadn’t featured into my thoughts. As the story developed I went about putting a title to it. Early 2016 I devised the following name:
“An Austin, Two Singhs and The Road”
The logic behind the original name derived from: (1) The vehicle being driven was an Austin Cambridge; (2) Two of characters of my story are Sikhs. By default all male Sikhs have Singh as their middle name which means lion; (3) The road that was travelled.
However staring at this book title for the last two years and having a much broader understanding of what I had written, it wasn’t befitting. The title didn’t grab me, it didn’t jump up at me, didn’t tell me much about the book. So after visiting a few book shops for inspiration and having finishing my final edit, I reset title expectations.
I listed 22 possible combinations based on the key elements of my book, jumbled them together, pulled them apart and then re-arranged them.
I’m settled on the new book name
So here it is, I opted for something less complex and a does what it says on the tin approach. Everyone from novice writers to experienced publishers will have their own connotation on book names. But when I look at this, I feel confident it will work.
What do you do if you’ve never driven out of your home town? To begin with you definitely don’t drive 8000 miles across nine countries.
Join the Chhatwal brothers as they venture on this road trip from England to India. With 3 strangers for company, can they survive the challenges of this journey?
I am on the lookout for some beta readers for my first novel which I am planning on releasing this October. The book has been just over 4 years in the making and after several iterations I am keen to get my draft circulated. While anyone’s first book is very dear to them, this is particularly special. It’s a tribute not just to the two main characters but to their boldness and sense of adventure. Should you have the time I would love to hear from you.
Yours Faithfully, Danny.
One of my January/February priorities was to write a blurb for my first novel and so I have been beavering away. I’d love to hear your feedback on it, first iteration but keen to know if it would entice you.
“Before starting the car, there was a momentary, but silent exchange between Inder and Gurcharan.
They were both thinking the same thing. Had they suddenly underestimated this road trip, the enormity of what they were about to embark on?
With a small blessing ushered under their breath, Inder started the car and they headed towards Dover, it was Wednesday 4th of October 1967”.
The Chhatwal brothers left their homeland of India and came to England in search of work. But the reality of adjusting to a whole new culture soon kicked in. Their families back home longed to see them again but the brothers couldn’t afford the plane ticket home. Then one day they spot an advert in the local newspaper, asking for two people to drive a family from London to India.
Come and be one of the passengers as Inder and Gurcharan drive across 9 countries with 3 strangers.
As they venture on this crazy road trip, it presents a time for reflection for all those wedged together in the Morris Austin Cambridge Estate car. For the Chhatwal brothers, time to recall the journey which brought them to England in the first place. For the family of strangers, a realisation as to the reason why they are heading back now!
Having never driven out of London before, can the brothers survive the challenges of the road? Did their decision to leave their beloved homeland turn out to be the right one?
Book categories: Non-fiction; Travel; Immigration; Culture