An experienced travel safety and security instructor, founder of HASP Training Ltd, a Hostile Environment Training (HEAT) company based in Dorset. Rupert has delivered HEAT to numerous global corporate businesses, international aid organisations and media teams. Rupert has spent over 27 years in the United Kingdom Army Reserves and deployed on operations and exercises worldwide, and incorporates the lessons learned from his vast travel experiences into his intuitive and engaging training courses. Rupert also writes articles within industry and has published a number of books & eBooks including “Travelling Safely Overseas”.
Prior to starting HASP, Rupert spent 5 years training the BBC running courses in Delhi, Islamabad, Kenya as well as the UK to undertake their journalistic jobs in some of the world’s most unsafe areas.
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.