Joei Carlton Hossack is the author of 6 main stream travel books and produces her own line of books called Mini Reads. She is an entertaining and inspirational speaker, a travel-writing and memoir-writing teacher and an amateur photographer. She was born in Montreal and has traveled extensively. She has spent 25 years as an RVer and when not traveling she resides in British Columbia.
What are you working on next?
I have 4 projects in mind and I'm working on 3 of them at once. The one near completion is about homelessness. I have 2 short essays almost ready and a friend has contributed an award-winning poem. All the proceeds will go to a charity.
My 2nd project - a mini read - is about the 16 year association with my F-250 Ford Diesel truck that has never left me stranded anywhere. I have the first 3 and the last 2 chapters done.
My 3rd project is a biggie. My first book - Restless from the Start - is already out of print - but most of the stories have been put into other books and now I have less than 100 copies of my second - Everyone's Dream Everyone's Nightmare - and it is the beginning of my life on the road, it is about the travels I did with my husband and it is my VERY favorite. I'm reworking the book because I was new to writing and it needs more of my personality so I'm redoing it.
The 4th project I'll start next year but it'll be based on the travel lectures that do at libraries, women's organizations, senior centers or anyplace I'm invited where they need a fun lecture. The Mini Read will be based on my 25 years on the road as an RVer or a solo traveler.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm not sure that I have favorite authors but I certainly have favorite books. I absolutely loved Michener's early works. There was always a great story and an in depth look at family life. I've read most of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and I don't know anyone who didn't love The Thorn Birds. I enjoy mysteries and cozies......hard for me to think of a favorite author because I know so many of them. Every year I have a display and book for sale table at the Surrey International Writers' Conference. I'm a GREAT fan of non-fiction - real life stories
Trip of a Lifetime for Joei and Paul Hossack. In their 40's Paul quit his high profile job. Joei closed her wool shop. They sold everything they owned, purchased a motorhome in Great Britain and embarked on a journey that lasted 2-1/2 years. They toured Great Britain extensively visiting Scotland, Paul's ancestral home, most of Europe and parts of Africa and North America looking for a home.