Rupert Godesen


Rupert is the Managing Director and Chief Instructor of HASP Training Limited, a company he formed in 2011 to prepare business travellers to avoid trouble whilst travelling abroad.
Prior to starting HASP, Rupert spent 5 years training the BBC and ran courses in Delhi, Islamabad, Kenya as well as back in the UK to undertake their journalistic jobs in some of the world’s most unsafe areas.
As a ten year old, Rupert was glued to the TV after school as The Falklands War rolled out in 1982. But at 18 it was to Art College in Bournemouth and then Cornwall, which would explain the graphics in the book (so it wasn’t a COMPLETE waste of time) and then a career in the Territorial Army.
Rupert has served in the British Army Reserves (it was called the TA when he joined in 1990) and has served in Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan. As well as taking part in exercises all around the world.
When not running courses, writing articles, books and doing BD (or attempting to) he can be found weeding his vegetable plot at home, keeping fit and adoring his kids, and his lovely wife obviously.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I didn't actually set out to write a book at all. The idea came to me when I was writing lesson plans for my training courses. I have never had a terribly structured approach to writing, although I have always loved to write, essays were my thing at school, telling stories. One thing led to another and I began to write verbatim what I would be saying in front of my clients. And then "POW2 it hit me, I might have a book here, and that was really exciting.
How do you approach cover design?
Ha ha!! Against ALL of Mark's advice which was don't do it yourself, and I did agonise over it, but decided in the end after canvassing opinion from friends, family as well as impartial parties too to use my own design. I am what you'd probably describe as a lapsed Designer, I was never a Graphic Designer but I was an Illustrator for a number of years and still draw occasionally. When people talk about artistic licence I fear mine has expired and I am too busy to renew it, but I think the image on the cover is pretty good, I believe it would tell a story if you stripped away the words etc.. But we'll see eh? At least the Meat Grinder hasn't come back and said "Erm...About that cover picture my friend???" Although I did only upload the book 40 minutes ago so we'll see.
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Where to find Rupert Godesen online


Travelling Safely Overseas
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,890. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Travelling Safely Overseas is a guide to keeping yourself safe and secure on either holiday or whilst doing business abroad.

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