David Schachne


David Schachne fell in love with the great outdoors at an early age, while growing up in Brooklyn. An avid hiker and fitness enthusiast, he began writing in his mid-twenties, while earning his Masters degree at Harvard Business School. He always had a strong desire to write - about anything - but instead focused on his business career for over twenty years, spending most of his time writing business proposals instead of manuscripts. After 9/11, he decided to pursue his passion and started writing more extensively, combining it with his passion for hiking. He has hiked in many places around the world and has reached the summits of some of the tallest mountains in the U.S. and elsewhere. He has served on the boards of two successful businesses, as well as Make-a-Wish of CT. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and three daughters.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing for my school newspaper while in business school at Harvard. Prior to then, I never thought I had an ability to write. I just decided to do it and realized I enjoyed it thoroughly. I then spent the next twenty years in sales, marketing and management roles, unfortunately just writing memos and emails for various companies. It wasn't until after 9/11 that I decided to spend more time writing about things I enjoyed telling the world. And it wasn't until late 2004 that I decided to write my manuscript...but only as a pet project for many years, until my mentor, Sherry Suib Cohen, advised me to stick with it. The end result is The Trek.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Just as I was about to depart for my trip to the Himalayas, my wife handed me a travel journal as a gift and asked me to record the daily events. Prior to that moment, I had no intention of keeping a diary of the trip, but she knew that I enjoyed writing and wisely realized that I would have plenty of downtime. When I returned from my trip, she read everything I wrote and told me it would make a great book. Nine years later, The Trek was born.
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The Trek
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,360. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In The Trek, David Schachne takes readers with him on his harrowing attempt to reach the summit of Kala Patthar, in the Himalayas. It is a riveting, gut-wrenching account of his physical, emotional and spiritual odyssey, where you will encounter the most spectacular, awe-inspiring scenery on the planet, along with some of the most horrific physical conditions imaginable.

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