Interview with Michael Farquhar

What motivated you to write and publish travelogues of your travels abroad?
In 2004 I compiled a book entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters home, travel essays and extracts from my diaries covering a twenty month period, following the completion of my university studies, from 1965-1967, during which time I hitchhiked, youth-hostelled and worked my way throughout most of Western Europe. I concluded that document by noting that over the intervening years I continued to travel abroad and indicated that I was planning a five week trip to Australia in November, 2004. I did take that trip, preceded the year before by a trip to Morocco and Egypt.

During these trips I began to write periodic travelogues which I e-mailed home to members of my family and a few friends, reflecting my impressions of the people and the sites that I experienced in the various places that I visited. By 2006 I had fallen into the pleasant practise of usually taking one major trip abroad every year and I began seriously and regularly to write travelogues of my day-to-day activities and impressions of the diverse locales that I had visited. In addition, during the past decade, I also traveled extensively in the United States of America, although I have not written travelogues about these shorter trips.

I have retained copies of those travelogues, covering my travels abroad during the period 2006-2013, and have incorporated into them numerous photographs which I took with my point and shoot camera during those trips. This series of books, “Keeping On Keeping” On”, demonstrates that, if you are retired and in good health, there is nothing to stop you from keeping on keeping on traveling until you can no longer keep on.traveling, which is something I hope to continue to do for quite some time.

I have often been asked what stands out in terms of the most memorable places I have visited. Over the years it has become increasingly clear to me that what scenes are most etched in my travel memories are the natural beauty and unspoilt wildlife in so many parts of the world. Amongst my favourites are the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, the Iguassu Falls in Argentina and Brazil, the desert near Wadi Rhum in Jordan, the Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Parks in Tanzania, the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and the Joshua Tree National Park in California. These sites are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I would like to extend a particular note of thanks to my many travel companions over the past decade, most particularly Brother Robin and Sister-in-law Fran and friends Bert, Doug, David and Scott. Their companionship on these many exciting adventures has only served to make my travels that much more enjoyable.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first time self publishing through Smashwords and so far the experience has been challenging but exciting
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is to reocrd my impressions of my travels while I am in the moment and then to have the opporutnity to share my expeirences with others as well as to read months and years later the travelogujes that I had written
What do your fans mean to you?
Any fans that Im might gain would be an awesome bonus.
What are you working on next?
Conintuing to write travelogues of my new travel adventures.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mystery writers, biographers and travel writers
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The anticiaption of experiencing future travel adventures and sharing them with family and friends
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy time at my cottage, wroking out and reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By seraching out favourite authors or preferred subject matter
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes...it was in my letters home and my diary when I bummed around Europe in the mid-sixties
What is your writing process?
Stream of consciounsess and my impressions and feelings of what I have seen at that moment.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No I don't but it was probably the Hardy Boys which was about adventure and travel
How do you approach cover design?
I give the subject matter of a grapbhic designer friend who then deisgns a cover for me
Published 2014-05-06.
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Books by This Author

Keeping On Keeping On---30---Hue, Danang, Vietnam; Pandaw River Cruise---Halong Bay; Red Song and Black Rivers, North Vietnam
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 30. Price: Free! Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States.
Keeping On Keeping On-29--The United States of America Mini Trips 2007-2017
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 29. Price: Free! Words: 8,110. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---28---Uruguay---Punta Arenas, Chile---Antarctica III
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 28. Price: Free! Words: 4,810. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---27---Uruguay---Punta Arenas, Chile---Antarctica I!
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 27. Price: Free! Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
(5.00 from 1 review)
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---26---Uruguay---Punta Arenas, Chile---Antarctica I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 26. Price: Free! Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---25---Saigon, Hue, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 25. Price: Free! Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---24---Saigon, Hue, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 24. Price: Free! Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---23---African Safari---Kenya-Tanzania III
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 23. Price: Free! Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---22---African Safari---Kenya-Tanzania II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 22. Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---21---African Safari---Kenya-Tanzania I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 21. Price: Free! Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
(5.00 from 1 review)
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---20---European River Cruise---Prague to Budapest to Amsterdam III
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 20. Price: Free! Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---19---European River Cruise---Prague to Budapest to Amsterdam II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 19. Price: Free! Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---18---European River Cruise---Prague to Budapest to Amsterdam I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 18. Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
(5.00 from 1 review)
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---17---Mexico
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 17. Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---16---European River Cruise---Bucharest to Budapest
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 16. Price: Free! Words: 6,460. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States.
Keeping On Keeping On---15---Turkey II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 15. Price: Free! Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---14---Turkey I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 14. Price: Free! Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---13---Cambodia
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---12---Vietnam II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---11---Vietnam I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---10---China III
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---9---China II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---8---China I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---7---Israel
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---6---Jordan
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---5---Cyprus
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---4---Hawaii and New Zealand II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---3--Hawaii and New Zealand I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. The8y describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---2--Chile, Argentina and Brazil
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States
Keeping On Keeping On---1--Ecuador and Peru
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2018---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This mini book is one in a series of thirty mini books recounting my travel adventures over the period 2006-2018. They describe, with photographs, my personal travels, to such diverse places as Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, European River Cruises, an African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania and mini trips in various parts of the United States