I have been tagged by Australian writer Elizabeth Jane
Corbett to share my writing process in the “Tagged” blog tour. When not
|Tibet by Nicholas Roerich courtesty of the Nicholas Roerich Museum, Manhattan|
What am I working on?
Tibet" is a historical novel that tells a thrilling tale of high-altitude adventure and survival set in the
world's most forbidden country: Tibet. It is based on the true story of three courageous
explorers who are determined to be the first living European to reach Lhasa during the age of
When these intrepid adventurers
they discover a land of mystery and intrigue, a land of danger that promises
them only one thing: death. In the end, only one of these
explorers will fulfill his lifelong dream of reaching Lhasa, but he will spend the rest of his life haunted by it.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I have yet to find any substantial work based on the same
theme. There is one book by the English writer, Mike Scholey, called
"Beads of Water, Drops of Gold", but it tells the story of the 1904
Tibetan invasion from the point of view of Sir Francis Younghusband, whereas my
story starts in 1889 and tells a much broader story about three distinct
explorers, Francis Younghusband, Gabriel Bonvalot, and Bronislav Grombchevsky,
who were all vying to be the first living European to reach Lhasa. I was
inspired to write a novel set in the Himalayas after reading the novel "Paths of
Glory" by Jeffrey Archer, but that's where any similarity ends. Archer's
book is solely about George Mallory's attempts at conquering
Everest whereas my book narrates the adventures of three distinct explorers
who set out on life-threatening expeditions between 1889-1890.
|Gabriel Bonvalot, your average intrepid Victorian explorer|