Lance Leuven


Lance was aged only four when he was first bitten by the travelling bug. His older brother snuck him out the house late one night with a promise to explore 'the woods'. Sadly, they were discovered by a dog-walking neighbour before reaching their destination and returned to their angry parents. But it was too late; his sense of adventure had been ignited.

Despite having visited many exotic places since Lance has never forgotten the tempting allure of what can be found 'just down the road'. On little more than a whim he spent the summer of 2010 travelling the length and breadth of the UK. Captivated by the wonders the UK has to offer he has continued to mix his travelling abroad with trips closer to home. Along this theme his mini ebook Lance's Travels Does Cornwall details a week spent exploring his favourite part of the UK: Cornwall.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Messy! It’s certainly more disorderly than I feel it should be anyway. I’m a naturally untidy person so any free surface soon attracts clutter when not in use. This then requires moving before writing begins. The clutter then embarks upon an itinerant journey of migrating from one free surface to another until my desk becomes free again. When I return to writing the process begins again. The only object that remains constant is the tea-stained coaster. I drink a lot of tea and coffee while writing!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I write a loosely travel-based blog and I’m a big fan of Cornwall, the southwest tip of England. After deciding to spend a week travelling around the region it seemed natural to write a series of posts about the trip. It then occurred to me that it might serve as an interesting basis for a short book. I began researching the region’s history with a view to provide background and context to the activities I engaged in. The more research I did, the more I learnt. And the more engrossed I became. Cornwall’s story is a unique one within the UK. It’s also exceptional in the way so much of Britain’s story can be told by simply looking at how the various events affected Cornwall. My book moves from pre-history, through the various invasions, the Industrial Revolution and up to the modern age. It all affected Cornwall in one way or another. In addition, many people don’t realise how or why the Cornish have their own language. And many people don’t understand why it is that some Cornish call for independence. There are very good reasons for these things. But, outside of Cornwall at least, these stories have been largely forgotten. So it was great to be able to explore these, and many other, fascinating tales.
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Where to find Lance Leuven online


Lance's Travels - UK
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 131,940. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
With a few of beers coursing through his veins and an upcoming 30th birthday on his mind Lance felt the need for one last bout of foolishness, so the next day he quit his job and gave notice on his flat. His plan was to spend the summer months travelling the UK. Four weeks later he departed, armed with little more than an antiquated Ford Mondeo, an unreliable Sat Nav and a genuine 1980s caravan.
Lance's Travels - Does Cornwall
Price: Free! Words: 38,780. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
"I’ve long possessed a warm fondness for that southwest tip of Great Britain called Cornwall. It’s an exceptional and beautiful place. And in June 2012 I spent a(nother) delightful week travelling around in exploration. This mini book is the story of my trip interspersed with some interesting background topics regarding the unique story of this fascinating place." Lance

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