Doug Walsh is a writer, traveler, and gamer actively crafting his first novel, an adventure-filled love story inspired by the two years he spent cycling the world with his wife.
It wasn't long after I read my first Stephen King novel, at age fourteen, that I knew I wanted to be a writer. I didn't know what that entailed back then, but I loved the effect a well-told story had on me and I wanted to give that experience to others. A few years later, armed with a kernel of an idea and my trusty Brother WP-3400, I took a deep breath and typed the words "Chapter One." Two quick returns later, the orange monochrome cursor sat blinking at me, begging me to create. Just as it does to this day.
I managed to combine my love of writing with my video game hobby in 2000 and, over the ensuing thirteen years, authored over one hundred licensed strategy guides for BradyGames, an imprint of Penguin. It was a dream job come true. I was a published author, not to mention one with a book that cracked Amazon's top 25. Yet, it wasn't the dream: I still yearned to write a novel.
My wife and I set off in March, 2014 on an around-the-world bicycle trip. We made our way from Seattle to Singapore, the long way around without airplanes. We traveled for nearly two years by bicycle and by ship before sending our gear home in December, 2015. One of the many reasons I had for taking such a trip was because I knew I would write a book about it when it was over. And that's what I'm working on now. It's not the travel memoir I expected to write, but the novel I dreamed of my entire life.