About the Author
Colin Guest, a 75 yr old Englishman first book was “An Expats Experiences of Living in Turkey,” published by Amazon Kindle. His second, “Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps,” published by Partridge Publishing Singapore, is a memoir. It gets its name from Colin’s love of Tigers and covers 19 years of his working as an expat in 15 countries, spread through the Middle, Far East & North Africa. During this time, he lived the kind of life most only dream about. Apart from his two books, he had an article published in his home town in England, carried out a one hour podcast, with a video recording of one chapter of his memoir read on Novels Wild Festival. He also had an article published in ExpatNetwork, a UK expat magazine, with over fourteen of his articles published in online magazines. These include Escape Artist, Escape from America, ExpatNetwork, Expats Focus, Global living and Oval Publishing.
Colin’s working life started with his doing a five-year apprenticeship as a joiner/shopfitter in Plymouth, Devon, England. This led to an early start in first traveling around England on numerous projects, before working on two projects abroad. While working back in England, due to a back injury, he and his wife were put in serious financial difficulties. As a result, after deciding to work as an expat, never looked back.
Apart from his writing, Colin worked as a volunteer at three wildlife rescue/rehabilitation centers, two in South Africa, and one in Thailand. This for animal lovers, he recommends as an alternative to a normal holiday.
After living in Turkey for over twenty years, since the death of his wife, he later married a Turkish lady. They now enjoy a happy second life in Istanbul, Turkey.
Interview with Colin Guest
Why did you write this book?
It started as a record for my children to know more about the 19 years I spent working abroad, but then I thought my experiences would be of interest to others as it shows there is more to life than a boring 9-5 job.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Reacher from the Le Child series
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I have just started writing my first novel
Please tell us about your latest book.
“Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps,” sub-titled “The Adventurous Life of an Expat,” comes from my love of tigers that like me love to roam far and wide. It reads more like an adventure story than a memoir and covers a working life most only dream about. As a qualified joiner/shopfitter, I worked on fitting out shops, banks and offices all over England, as well as a few projects in Scotland. However, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would end up experiencing travel and working in so many different countries. Readers will see that there is more to life than a boring 9-5 job, with the whole world waiting for you to experience life in a country other than your own.
Until an old company contacted me about a contract in Iran, I had no thoughts about working overseas. Although in two minds about accepting, when made redundant by the company I worked for, it made my mind up. Working in Iran proved both exciting, and dangerous. Without doubt it was a far cry from working in England, especially when along with sixty fellow workers we found ourselves caught up in a revolution. From Iran, my company sent me to Qatar, where life was peaceful and the beaches fantastic. On completing this contract, I returned to work in the UK. While doing so, a back injury cost me my job, resulting in my family and I put into serious financial difficulties. I decided that once cured, as I knew I could earn far more money by working as an expat than in my home country of England, I would work overseas.
As a result, of this decision, I went on to enjoy and incredible life.
About the Book
Title Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps
Author Colin Guest
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) PG
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Publisher Partridge Publishing Singapore
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