John Morris on hiking 2,000+ miles up the Eastern side of the US

IR Sticker IR ApprovedThe World We Left Behind: A Journey From Georgia To Maine received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author John Morris.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The name of my book is The World We Left Behind: A Journey From Georgia To Maine and it was published January 12th 2016.

What’s the book’s first line? 

“The pack’s a bit expensive, ” I told my father as he placed fallen branches into an already burning pile.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

In 2013, I was looking for a way out. Overcome with chronic depression and drinking myself into an early grave – I found I was on the verge of ending my life through alcohol and loneliness. My 29 year sheltered existence in the world, had turned me into a coward. I was afraid of change. I was afraid of not knowing what each day, of the rest of my life would look like. Even after my world had started to come back together, I knew there was repetition and the repeating cycle of unhappiness to contend with. I could find no satisfaction. So I quit my job, sold everything I owned and left friends and family behind in an attempt to reset, and save my life as I hiked over 2,000 miles up the Eastern side of the United States.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

I’ve always loved writing, especially when I found I could bring tears to peoples eyes simply through the way I maneuvered a few words here and there. I liked knowing I could bring anger, or rage, sadness or happiness and excitement and truly any emotion through experiences I’ve encountered and overcame.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

I want my readers to identify with me. I want those that suffer from depression and chronic mental anxiety to know that shoving a pill down your throat every day, isn’t the only way to heal. I left everything behind to hike from Georgia to Maine, intent on changing my outlook of life and LIVING for the first time in my nearly 30 years on this planet. I was a coward. I was scared. I was the loser that got it all wrong. You see, I was reckless as I set out with none of the equipment I needed, and only a broken heart and a need to prove myself to my father – as inspiration to drag my aching feet forward each day. This is the first book of three in the trilogy that outline my 8 and a half months searching for a parents pride and love, having given everything up just to prove how much they both meant to me. This is a story of growth, that I want my readers to identify with. To understand that when we try, even the weak can become strong.

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