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Terry lister

Terry lister
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    Action & Adventure Biographies & Memoirs General Nonfiction
  • Country: Bermuda
  • Books: 2
  • Profession: Author
  • Born: 29 August
  • Member Since: Jun 2020
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BIOGRAPHY

I am a retired solo traveller. Since 2015 l have been travelling in eight week cycles through Central and South America. However, in October 2017 l moved across the Ocean and started travels in Africa. My first book,Immersed in West Africa, is my story of eight weeks spent off the grid in areas where few tourists venture to go and even fewer go solo! Follow me daily on my travel Facebook page @travelswithTerryLister.

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A New Day Dawns: My Solo Journey Into West Africa (Travels With Terry Book 2)by Terry ListerPublish: Oct 28, 2021Series: Travels with TerryGeneral Nonfiction

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  • Travels with Terry

    1 A New Day Dawns: My Solo Journey Into West Africa (Travels With Terry Book 2) - Published on Oct, 2021

Terry Lister's Awards and Achievements

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  • Indies Today
    2022

    A New Day Dawns: My Solo Journey Into West Africa (Travels With Terry Book 2)

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  • 2021 International Books Award. Finalist
    2021

    Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

    award
  • Book Excellence award Finalist
    2021

    Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

    achievement
  • Independent Press Award Distinquished Favorite
    2021

    Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

    achievement
  • Readers Favorite
    2021

    A New Day Dawns: My Solo Journey Into West Africa (Travels With Terry Book 2)

    award
  • Literary Titans
    2021

    A New Day Dawns: My Solo Journey Into West Africa (Travels With Terry Book 2)

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  • Paris Book Festival
    2021

    Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

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  • 2020 Incipere Awards First Place- Adventure-Clean
    2020

    Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

    achievement
  • Literary Titans Book Award
    2020

    Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

    achievement
  • Indies Today 2020 Awards
    2020

    Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

    achievement
  • Readers Favorite five star award
    2020

    Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

    achievement

Terry lister interview On 01, Dec 2021

"Terry lister was born and raised in Bermuda. His favorite books as a child were the Enid Blyton series and “Black Beauty”. He retired at age 60 and started traveling in Central America. He shares his traveling adventures on his Facebook page and in his enlightening travel memoirs. He writes his books for the reader to “come along on the adventure with me.”"
Where have you spent most of your childhood?

l was born and raised in Bermuda but have strong times to the Caribbean. While my mother’s family has been in Bermuda since the early 1800's, my father’s family emigrated to Bermuda in 1909 from St. Kitts. Traveling has allowed me to explore the world, and often rediscover my family lineage in unusual ways. Most remarkably, when I travel to the Panama Canal in 2013, I looked at their computerized staffing board and found my great-grandfather’s name.

What was the first book that sparked your love for reading?

Growing up, I was close to my paternal aunt, my father’s only sister, as she was only five years older than me. When we were youngsters on rainy days we would lie across her bed and read. So, to some extent, those moments were the building blocks of my love of reading.

Do you spend time journaling?

When I am traveling, I don’t keep a journal, but instead I write posts on my personal Facebook page daily. This allows me to share my adventures with others and led to me deciding to write a book about my travels based on people’s responses to my posts.

Were you an avid reader as a child? Do you still read books?

My favorite books as a child were the Enid Blyton series and “Black Beauty”. I could get lost in the pages and imagine places I had never been to. I was a very active child, playing outside during daylight hours. But at night l read constantly. I was one of those people who read under the covers with a flashlight after lights out! To this day, I still read a lot. While I prefer history, biographies, and mysteries; I often find myself reading travel books as I do considerable research and planning before any of my trips. The research helps me decide where to go next and gets me excited about my next adventure.

What challenges did you face while publishing your first book, Immersed in West Africa?

The biggest challenge l faced in writing my first book “Immersed in West Africa” was that once l sent the document to the publisher, l promptly went on my next trip to Africa. The time difference made follow-up difficult at times, but I preserved, and the book was published in August 2019. Looking back on my writing journey, I do regret that no one sat me down and explained how the book business works. I actually thought that when I wrote " the end", my job was finished. Now l know that once the book is finished, the much harder job of marketing comes into play. Knowing this would not have stopped me writing but would have made me better prepared.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

When I write, clarity is the most important thing. I try my best to write in such a way that my reader has no confusion about what l might have said or experienced during my travels. I have found my travels in Africa fascinating, and I hope to have a seven-book series on Africa, then the series will move to Asia. I write my books for the reader to “come along on the adventure with me.”

What is your writing kryptonite? Inversely, what is something that never fails to inspire you?

When I think of my writing career, I get motivated by the unexpected positive things that keep happening. For instance, Book Authority rated my book “Immersed in West Africa” among the best travel guides for four of the five countries that l travelled in. I was completely surprised by this, and l feel very proud of this achievement. I am sure that when l retire from being a traveler, l will sit in my easy chair, read a chapter, than put the book down and think back to those experiences. Reading and traveling have been my lifelong passions, and I am so grateful that writing “Immersed in West Africa” has allowed my passions and adventures to be shared with the world.

How do you make friends traveling alone?

When l retired at age 60, l started travelling in Central America. I experimented with how long l should stay on the trips with the length varying from six to twelve weeks. Six weeks saw me not getting enough time to really see the sights, while a twelve-week trip made me tired. By the time l finished travelling through South America l had it worked out that eight weeks was best, so all my trips to Africa have been eight weeks. Fortunately, you do meet people on the road and sometimes there may be some overlap on your trip. But most of the time l am content to be by myself and have been a primarily solo traveler. No arguments over what l will do tomorrow, where l will eat, and no fuss over sudden changes of plans!

What is your favorite destination you have traveled in Africa?

While I have always enjoyed traveling, it is difficult for me to pick a favorite country as there are always aspects that cause a country to stand out. Because l like the wild animals, safari countries are favorites in a way. The most surprising country was Namibia. I knew very little about it when l decided to add it to my third trip. As l researched l found that l needed more time in that country. By the time l got there, l spent a month and could have easily stayed two more weeks. I would highly recommend an in-depth trip to this beautiful country.

How has your experience of being associated with AllAuthor been?

I was an author on Allauthors for almost a year before I got to see the full value of being a member. I found an article online written by a fellow author who had taken advantage of everything Allauthor had to offer, and I immediately started utilizing the site differently. Today, it has become one of my favourite sites and I would strongly recommend Allauthors to any author.

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      • From high school l have loved history. It was one of my most favourite subjects at school. When l enter a new country l have researched the country’s history beforehand. I say all of that to say that if l were to write in another genre it would be historical fiction. I would love to bring history to life in my own words thus writing fiction instead of non fiction.
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      • I measure my success at this stage by the responses from readers. Did they enjoy the book, was it fun to read, did they learn much and,lastly, did it make them want to go!
        I am not concerned at this point about financial success as l understand that l must have a series of well accepted books before l start on that path so l am more focussed on winning people over and knowing they have enjoyed my book.
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      • To go to over 150 countries. I was going along nicely before Covid as l have been to 96 countries. Once-it is safe enough to travel off the beaten path, l will be on my way!
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      • First and foremost I am a traveller. I come from the tiny island of Bermuda -21sq miles ,
        a mile and a half at its widest point. That alone made me a traveller. I love to go to new places and to observe how people live. I retired in 2014 and became a solo traveller and prior to covid l have been on the go ever since. Some friends pushed me to write my story so Immersed in West Africa is book 1 with Book 2 due out in about eight weeks!
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