“One day I broke out of the office and went for a long walk across Spain.
After that everything changed for me.”
Stephen R. Marriott is a bestselling independent author and traveller. He grew up in Portishead in the West Country of England. Stephen has worked in stockbroking in the City of London and has visited 50+ countries. His writing career began in 2012 when he took a long walk across Spain and discovered his creative spirit. When Stephen's not travelling, he mostly lives in London.
ON THE ROAD WITH STEPHEN R. MARRIOTT
That Spanish walk, or rather pilgrimage, is known as the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James in English) – a historical month-long trek that begins in the foothills of the Pyrenees and ends in the city of Santiago de Compostela, in North West Spain. A common greeting on the Camino is “Buen Camino,” which means good path, though its significance is much deeper. It's an acknowledgement that a person is seeking their best WAY in life – their true reason for being. This mysterious road, and the people Stephen met on the way, changed his outlook on the world and inspired him to write a novella – Candyfloss Guitar, book 1 in the Reluctant Pilgrim series.
In his mid-thirties, Stephen began feeling disheartened with corporate working life, and he began taking extended trips abroad. And although he’s subsequently flirted with the 9-5 again, ultimately, like his protagonist, Diego, Stephen has a desire to travel along more roads. So watch this space for further travel-inspired books and perhaps some alternative lifestyle ideas too...
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