From the Inside Flap
"Much, much more than a mere travel memoir. An American in China is a novel, a romance, an adventure, and a life guide all wrapped into one captivating package."
"Shaun Roundy breaks all the rules and turns a profound, inspiring, intimately-told story into surprisingly enjoyable reading."
"WARNING! Contents may make you want to throw caution and convention to the wind. A must-read for all travelers and everyone who has ever wondered how it might feel to ignore your inhibitions and live spontaneously."
"The engaging descriptions and abundant illustrations sweep you directly into the heart of the adventure. You will feel like you've just stepped off a plane on the other side of the world. When you close the book, you will remember the story as if you had experienced the journey first hand, falling into typhoon-swollen waterfalls, wandering the Great Wall of China alone, riding your bike through the crowded streets of Beijing, finishing and starting over and changing your life forever."
© 2011 University of Life Press
About the Author
By ninth grade, all that began to change. After losing his temper for the first time in his life and getting in a fist fight at scout camp, he began to grow out of his shell. By then he was a relatively good skier and soccer player. An audacious friend taught him a new life philosophy to replace the former shyness: "Whoever has the most fun wins."
He jumped bikes and motorcycles in a nearby gravel pit. He skied off 50' cliffs out of bounds at the local ski resort. He picked up numerous other extreme sports one by one. He set life goals including going to space and learning to speak ten languages fluently.
At 19, he began traveling the globe without just tagging along with his family. He spent two years in Spain, summers in DC and San Francisco, then spontaneously flew to Taiwan to see the world before it grew too late.
But as the years passed, it never grew too late. Adventure never fell out of style.
He minored in three languages and political science, graduated college cum laud and with honors and a linguistics certificate, then earned a masters in English. Along with a year and a half in Taiwan and China, he spent several months in Honduras, worked in various cities around the US, and traveled through Mexico, Europe, South America, and elsewhere, including a 2,500 mile ocean voyage to help a friend bring a sailboat home from Venezuela.
He joined his local volunteer Search and Rescue team and wrote a book about his first twelve adventurous years saving lives (or picking up the pieces) in mountains, lakes, rivers, caves and more.
Shaun currently teaches writing at Utah Valley University but is seriously considering selling everything and moving to Guatemala, Nepal or Thailand.