GREAT NORTHWEST BOOK FESTIVAL NAMES "VAN LIFE" FOR TOP HONORS
SEATTLE_A woman who decides to hit the road with a van, three animals and her adventurous spirit is the grand prize winner of the 2017 Great Northwest Book Festival,
which honors the best books of the late winter/spring.
Author Sarah Leamy's "Van Life" (CreateSpace)
is the story of a writer who decides that there's more to living than working retail and yearning for adventure. So it is that she takes two dogs and a cat on a rollicking trip through the back roads of the Northwest, stumbling across rural villages and a microbrewery or three. Her stories of the locals, the scenery and her family of animals are funny, poignant and ultimately a satisfying read for any armchair adventurer who dreams of doing something similar. Leamy and others in the competition will be honored in a private ceremony later this month.
About the Author
Sarah Leamy was the boring little sister who suddenly left her English life and became a broke nomadic wanderer and writer. She finally settled in New Mexico in her late twenties although now she's hit the road once more. As the socially awkward and insecure Brit abroad, she lived first in Europe and then crossed the States and into Guatemala, performing, writing and working odd jobs as she explored new countries alone or with Daisy, her slightly grumpy Border Collie. Since then her stories, poems, essays and articles have been published in the US and UK. Her second novel won Best Fiction in the 2012 New Mexico/ Arizona Book Awards, and was a finalist with her third, Lucky Find. In 2016, she won again with When No One's Looking. In 2017, Van Life was named Grand Winner for the Great Northwest Book Contest.