In 2016 I put pen to paper to write a book about two brothers who drove from London to India with strangers. This road trip took place in the 1960s and was a remarkable feat because until then the brothers had never driven out of London before. But the story interweaves with their journey to England in the first instance, and how it shaped them for the road trip.
I am over the moon to have finally finished writing their story and published it online to share with everyone. The personal journey has been a mix of challenges and jubilation. Trying to balance work and family life, and pouring your heart and soul into writing has taught me many lessons.
Often we get so involved in the situation that when we can’t dedicate the time, it can become frustrating. Later I’ll share some personal tips on how to ‘achieve that writing goal’, it definitely worked for me.
I found writing one of the most liberating experiences and to anyone who wants to write a story of any genre, you can do it.
The book is out now in digital and paperback on amazon
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.
A good place to start to get some background on this post.
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?