A ST HELENS author’s book detailing his travels across America is proving to be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
Stephen McGinity’s book Excuse Me, Are You British? tells of his remarkable journey from the east to the west coast of the country last year. A keen traveller, Stephen had spent time visiting Europe in the past but chose to take up a change of scenery.
“For the last five years, I have worked for myself, running my own music business,” said Stephen.
“It gives me time to travel around Europe. In February last year, I went over to the USA for the first time to California.
“I stayed in the Napa Valley and absolutely loved it.
“Over the course of the next six months, I made a decision to spend six months planning this adventure.”
Stephen’s ‘adventure’ would see him travel a total of 12,871 miles. He started by flying to New York and travelling 3,935 across the country via train for an accumulated total of 91 hours.
Upon arriving back in St Helens, Stephen decided to sit down and write down all the stories that happened in a book. However, he struggled to find his rhythm and decided to fly back to write his story.
Stephen travelled to a log cabin in the Albany mountains in the New York state. He went on to write at a pace of 7,000 words a day writing his 100,000 word book.
He then entered his book into a worldwide writers competition called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) and won an award for it.
He then proceeded to self-publish, self-edit and self-create the entire book via Createspace in 240-page paperback form and also on all the amazon sites worldwide via kindle.
It has received rave reviews in the four weeks it has been on sale, with one reviewer comparing him to a “modern day Jack Kerouak”.
The book has sold more than 1,000 copies and is on sale at Barnes & Noble in America and several other online retailers. It is also hoped to be on sale at WH Smiths in Britain very soon.
Stephen said: “I always said that if I sold a few copies I would be delighted, so to sell as many as I have done is unbelievable. It has really given me the confidence to carry on as an author.”