We’re starting off a new set of author interviews for 2012 with Wade Shepard.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I’m originally from the USA, but have been traveling perpetually around the world for the past 12 years. I wrote all through my life — books, songs, and, even tried my hand at being a poet, but ended up just embarrassing myself on all fronts. None of this was very serious until I began traveling at age 18. It was then that I began writing with more dedication, though most of it was not meant for publication. In university — I went to Global College, Long Island University, an international school — I began publishing articles in the travel sections of various newspapers and magazines. Around this time (2004), I also began independently blogging, which was intended to just be a writing exercise. This was were I’d publish articles that I failed to land in other publications, or random notes, thoughts, and stories that would not fit the format of the mainstream press. I did not see it coming at that time, but the more I blogged independently the more I grew to love it. Blogging/ running my own website soon turned into a passion in and of itself, and I found that I enjoyed it far more than writing for other publications and dealing with editors and the who “professional” side of the game.
It was around this time that I strove to break away and find ways to make a living writing for myself and running my own website. I then started www.VagabondJourney.com, and began taking the project seriously. I think I worked 60+ hour weeks writing for this site for at least three years before I really even made any money off it. Though slowly, very slowly, my earnings eventually began to rise. I must admit that it was an arduous road, and not one that I would really recommend, but since 2009 I have been able to fund my travels from my own website without needing to write for other publications or work other jobs. I suppose my dream was not just to make a living writing, but to make a living writing for myself. I still struggle, but each day brings me a little deeper into this dream.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Probably, Harry Franck’s A Vagabond Journey Around the World.
Book you’re currently reading?
I’m currently reading Francis Tapon’s The Hidden Europe.
Where can we learn more about you?
You can learn more about me on my website, www.Vagabondjourney.com, or just do an internet search for my name. I can also be contacted on Twitter at @vagabondjourney, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vagabond-Journey-Travel/157907090926886, and on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/101218702322608229735/posts.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Making a living as a writer is a pretty arduous path to walk. Expect lots of failure, thousands of hours of working for nothing, and facing the fact daily that you could be making far more money and working far less at pretty much any other profession. Treat writing as a art, as something you would do whether you made money at it or not, put you’re entire heart into it, devote your life to your goal, believe in yourself beyond the point of delusion, convince yourself beyond all doubt that you will be successful, and then find a way to make a living off the written word. If you keep going, you will more than likely get to where you want to be.