Interview with Jim Hendrickson

Who are your favorite authors?
Paul Theroux, Jon Krakauer, Peter Jenkins, Steven Newman
What are you working on now?
I am working on a travel book that describes my four-month journey through Western Canada up to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Midwestern and Western United States, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal in Western Europe, and Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Kosovo in Eastern Europe.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
LIFE is awaiting! Think of the millions of people who die during the night while you are sleeping. But YOU and I are ALIVE today!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, planning trips, bicycling, and my favorite activity: Traveling the WORLD!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing Smashwords and other ebook websites
What is your writing process?
I take notes while traveling, type them into my computer, then begin writing, editing, and polishing my manuscript over 100 times.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I won a prize in elementary school when I named its newspaper after the school's colors: "The Blue and Gold."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Nope
How do you approach cover design?
I have design my cover using my own photographs.
What do you read for pleasure?
MONEY, TIME, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, and many travel books and travel-related magazines.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Distributing book covers with my Smashwords website printed on the back.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I use the little table in my travel trailer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wisconsin, but it didn't influence my writing.
When did you first start writing?
20 years old
What's the story behind your latest book?
A three-month trip to the South Pacific, my newest book will include descriptions of the many experiences, people and cultures that I am experiencing as I travel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am able to share my adventures with the 7.3 billion people worldwide at a very low expense to everyone.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They sold so many of my ebooks.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my many adventurous stories with others and listening to theirs as well.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love them! I am extremely grateful for their contribution to my publishing success.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I enjoy reading all sorts of travel-related literature.
Where do you want to travel next?
In 2016: I'm going to travel in my RV to the U.S. East coast, then down to Florida for the winter. I will also take a cruise from Florida to Brazil.
In 2017: I'm going on a cruise around the world for over three months.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a travel book that describes my four-month journey through Western Canada up to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Midwestern and Western United States, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal in Western Europe, and Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Kosovo in Eastern Europe.
Published 2017-07-26.
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Books by This Author

South Pacific Odessey
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,990. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This book describes the amazing three-month journey I made to the South Pacific including the Marquesas Islands, the Mariana Islands, South Australia, American Samoa, Samoa, and Indonesia. I describe the many adventures and misadventures of the journey, the people I met along the way, and the intriguing cultures I personally experienced.
My Endless Pursuit of Travel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,690. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Hendrickson describes his travels in Western, Northern and Central Canada, North Central United States, Colorado, plus Western and Eastern Europe.
Heaven on Earth
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,650. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2016. Categories: Essay » Literature
This short book expresses my personal philosophy of travel, religion, and existence on a planet whose wonders I have seen and experienced first-hand.
Around the World in Thin Slices
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,670. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This book describes the many adventures of world traveler Jim Hendrickson, who has spent over fifty years exploring our planet. In this volume Hendrickson shares thirty-six chapters of stories gathered from his fifth world trip from Washington State to the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Germany, the Faroe Islands, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Greenland and Arctic Canada.
RVing to the Land of the Midnight Sun
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,570. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
(3.00)
This book is a narrative of my six-week road trip in the summer of 2014 from Lynden, Washington (state) to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, mainly with my car and small travel trailer (see its photo on the book cover). You'll read about the many adventures and misadventures I experienced on this 7,000-mile trip through British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, and Alaska.
Shalom, Israel!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,070. Language: American English. Published: April 24, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling
(3.00)
This book is a narrative of my 5½-month bicycle journey from Bellingham, Washington (state) to Israel aboard a custom-made, long-wheeled-based recumbent. In this book you’ll learn about the many adventures and misadventures I experienced on this 7,000-mile trip through eleven American states and eight foreign countries. The book concludes with a list of equipment that I took on the journey.
Vagabond on a Bicycle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,650. Language: American English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling
(5.00)
This book comprises sixteen articles describing my bicycle trips in/on Route 66, the Santa Fe Trail, the Natchez Trace, the Deep South of the United States, New England, Montana to Alaska, Maritime Canada, Washington state to Israel, Northern Europe, Eastern Hungary, South Africa, New Zealand, Tonga, the Cook Islands, and Central Chile.
Travel is my Passion
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,490. Language: American English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
(5.00)
This book begins with a short essay on my philosophy of world travel that can be summed up in four short sentences: Be a dreamer. Be open-minded. Be confident. Be prepared. The book contains twenty-nine chapters of stories about my extensive travels in thirty-four countries in six regions of the world. The book ends with a description of one of my several journeys around the world.
North to Alaska!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,060. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
(4.00)
This book takes you on a 3,200-mile bicycle expedition from Missoula, Montana to Anchorage, Alaska. You’ll read about my 73-day bicycle tour that was filled with adventures including a grueling ascent to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, a scary standoff with a black bear in the Yukon, a daring dash through a forest fire, and a harrowing ride over the Top-of-the-World Highway.
Like a Leaf on a River
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,720. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
(4.00)
This book reflects my deepest passion in life: wanderlust. The first section takes you on my first solo international journey, a 10,000-mile hitchhike from my home in Wisconsin to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula when I was 20 years old. The second section describes my first world trip during which I lived on a shoestring, visited many countries, met fascinating people, and learned a lot about myself.