Looking for a publisher
At the end of my first around the world tour, I wrote a book about my travels and it was published by one of the biggest publishing houses in Turkey. Starting my second endeavour around the planet seven years later - this time by sea - I had in mind to write another book.
This time, my travels took me even further than planned: a new husband, a new citizenship, two motherhoods and even more pages of memories to put together. Over the last seven years, those words and thoughts have been growing to a shape that exceeds my original pursuit. Something bigger and deeper is now ready to be born and I need someone to take care of it: i.e. nurture it (edit it), and give birth to it as a book.
A trilogy which can be read separately as they are completely different stories but connected in a way as some themes recur and are further developed as you go along.
The first book is... I actually do not know how to classify... Is it a travelogue? Is it a novel? Is it an adventure or a love story? Or is the whole setting an excuse for going into philosophical monologues or dialogues with self? Or is it an excuse to hint interesting details about our world and famous people? Perhaps all of the above. The others are sort of the same.
The complete story in short and layout of the books go like this.
1- A married woman, married unhappily. Is looking for a way out. She has done a round the world tour by land and air 7 years ago. When she finds a crew job on a boat going from Marmaris to Phuket, she sets out on another circumnavigation. This time by sea. Well... Things do not always go as planned on the road (nor do they in life!). Gets kicked out at the first port after three days of sailing. Which actually leads her to her new husband and the rest of the books. She is stranded in Port Fuad for 20 days, then finds herself the exact boat with the exact destination. Travels the Red Sea with a man who has been in a mental institution and who is sent back there after leaving the boat. Crosses the Indian Ocean as two people on a sailing boat with her grand experience of none! After travelling Southeast Asia she crosses the Pacific on a cargo ship. Don't think it is easy, with all the "security" reasons. She has to provide a health certificate and sign a paper giving them permission to search her "bodily cavities"! She travels Central America from LA down to Panama border. She gets bitten by a dog in El Salvador. Which leads to a piece named "What can a dog teach you about life?" She crosses the Atlantic Ocean on a cruise ship ending up in Barcelona, where her future husband comes to pick her up to take to Italy. Another leg, finding out she is pregnant in Delphi, bringing along so many questions as laws declares the baby is from the husband she had left but had not been able to get divorced as she was on the road. Concludes with the threat of being stamped an "unwanted person" at Rhodos when she wants to go back home at the end of the trip.
World tours are the perfect ways to start a new life. Even though ending up with so many unknowns. Anxiety and joy...
Throughout the book, there are four characters. Gülin, Zeynep, Julie and Rosita. Who, of course, are actually the same person but having different names.
A newspaper article about the trip can be found at:
2- Second book opens up with the birth of a perfectly healthy baby. The mother loses her unexpectedly and inexplicably the day after. Which leads her to questioning life, universe, humanity... (A book written to let other women know they'll get through it. I wish I had such a book for myself, but try and read as much as I could, I didn't come across any.) She has not known death before. First, she goes to an orphanage in Ghana as a volunteer. Which was something she had had on her mind for a long time but had never imagined it would be under such conditions. Travels to India to find out what death is. Searching for a clue, hoping it would give her insight into life as well. A thorough research into women and babies, grieving, beliefs. It inevitably examines mother-child relationship as well.
Then comes the expectation of another baby. Travel to Alaska when she is almost six months pregnant. On one side all the fears, on the other letting life run its course.
The book starts with the labor pains of Lavinia and ends with the labor pains of Lara. She and I interchange throughout the book, as the author cannot distinguish between the character in the book and herself, as it seems like both a reality and a dream.
3- The Year of Lara is the first year of the second baby, who looks like she is here to stay. The fears and the joys. Details of childcare. Conclusions of what family is, living in society, governments, money and property as these were questioned all along in the previous books. The book ends with a new world tour on the horizon, this time to be set off as a family.