Thursday, December 12, 2013

Publishers Weekly Review & A Radio Interview with Bryan Crump!

Vol. III, No. 10

"Light, humorous, and relentlessly optimistic." This was how Publishers Weekly described LIVE from Mongolia. I'm thrilled with this vote of confidence, but there's been even more good news. After this review was released earlier this week, sent out an email recommending my book. I found out about this via Emily, my Wellington running partner, who forwarded the mail (and then suggested a 10k run, which I shamefully declined on account of what's going on. Read on.)

Patricia Sexton with Radio NZ Host of Nights, Bryan Crump
And what's going on, drumroll, is that I've been interviewed by none other than Radio New Zealand's Nights, a weekday evening show described by his producer Robyn Walker as a "nightly voyage of attitude, longitude, and latitude." For me to get a chance to sit down and talk with Bryan Crump was a real honor. As a kid, Bryan started out, following what I can only presume was his 'dream' to become a journalist, by recording variety shows with friends in a bedroom studio. From there, he went on to cover rural issues in both New Zealand and Australia, produce documentaries, and report on what's going on in Parliament. As Nights host, he is the voice of New Zealand. Needless to say, I was a little bit nervous, and when I'm nervous I tend to be loquacious.

So, if you tune in on December 18th, you'll get a chance to hear me talk about why on earth I'd leave a "sensible" job for an unpaid internship in Mongolia. You'll also get a chance to hear me talk about things that I hadn't written about, like what happened when I tried to book a ticket to Kabul, Afghanistan, and what I think about following a dream career or choosing love. To be honest with you, I'm not sure how well I did talking to Bryan. I've spent a few sleepless nights since the interview was taped, fretting that I'd said too much. Well, I'll let you decide. I'll post the link to the interview once it's aired in New Zealand. Or, for those of you in New Zealand, tune in Wednesday, December 18th to Radio New Zealand National.

Today, Friday, I'm headed back to America with my little girl to celebrate Christmas. I haven't been this excited about Christmas since I believed in Santa. So, to all of you out there reading, from China to Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand and Pakistan, New York, the U.K., Ohio, Arizona, and Nevada (I check my blog stats occasionally, which tell me this is where most of you readers are coming from!); to all of you out there, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year. I'll be interested to hear about your dream-following New Year's resolutions!

P.S. LIVE from Mongolia is on sale on Amazon for 40% off. If you order now, it should arrive in time for the Christmas holidays. And if I'm in your city, I'll do my best to sign it. All the best!

Patricia Sexton is the author of LIVE from Mongolia, a #1 best-seller on Amazon, published by Beaufort Books. She's hosted Sinovision's WE Talk, a talk show exploring how people overcome extraordinary obstacles to pursue their dreams. She's worked for CBS News and written for Britain's International Life. Sexton authors this weekly blog about following dreams and dream-followers. Follow her on Twitter @PatriciaSexton and on Facebook @LIVEfromMongolia.

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