Nancy O’Hare is the author of Dust in My Pack. She combined her career with a love for travel, resulting in a lot of moves but being able to live and work across five continents over twenty years. O’Hare’s husband shares her passion to visit distant lands and captures remote scenes in his photography. Together, they have transitioned from a corporate career to pursue their creative pursuits. O’Hare captures moments from multi-month journeys to off-the-beaten path locations in her book. Her writing conveys a passion for nature and intriguing cultures found by exploring all seven continents.
O’Hare’s travel writing structures stories into themes, such as trekking or ancient sites. Inspire your inner traveller with her refreshing perspective on lesser-visited destinations.
What inspires you to write?
I get inspired by travelling to undiscovered destinations that leave me with some unexpected experience, and this moment is what I write about. My books recreate the essence of a place and provide travel tips to help readers plan their own trip abroad.
Tell us about your writing process.
I use an overall outline by chapter, based around travel themes such as hiking, festivals or ancient cities. From there, subsections are based on places I have travelled that left an impression – those destinations that stick out as places I would recommend like-minded travellers to visit. I use Microsoft Word, either on a laptop or tablet depending on whether I am at home or travelling.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo series by Stieg Larsson
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish my first book, Dust in My Pack, and will do the same for my upcoming second book. It gave me control over my editor, proof-reader and cover designer. Also, as a former finance professional turned travel writer, I did not think most publishers would believe an accountant could become a good writer so preferred to lead the process myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the frameworks are becoming more flexible and changing with technology. But, I think there will continue to be traditional publishing houses, self-publishing platforms and a mix of the two. There is a demand and need for all such mediums, depending on the author and their situation, as well as what the publishing platform can offer.
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