Local author helps travelers in their Searching for Unique

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Local author Nancy O’Hare encapsulates why she is most inspired to write in the preface of her latest release Searching for Unique.

Still, the more I travel and meet people from different backgrounds, religions and countries, the stronger my belief that we are more alike than not. So I ask myself, how can I help bring people together and make the world a better place?. This is why I write.”

Little did she know that her first move abroad with her boyfriend (now husband) in 1998 would start a series of moves and multi-month journeys that would take her all over the world.

“I knew enough to write about two topics. I could either write about finance, which was my first career, or I could write about travel. Travel won. My experiences from traveling felt far more compelling than any attempt to write a captivating rendition about financial management,” said O’Hare.

She explains both of her books Dust in My Pack and Searching for Unique are intended for travelers seeking destinations away from the main tourist track, and more for those seeking experiences that leave a lasting impression.

“My first book exposes a broad range of traveling styles, from camping tours in the Himalaya to deluxe eco-lodges in Mozambique, whereas my latest release, Searching for Unique, targets the independent traveler.

Both books are arranged by themed chapters, such as little-known hikes and ancient temples. Each chapter then delves into encounters that resonated with me and provides practical advice to help readers go themselves.”

She encourages readers to peel away their assumptions and get ready to unwrap secluded places and far-off cultures.

“My aim is to expose contradiction that captivates and uniqueness that inspires.”

The author says her goal for the book is to help people swap fear of the unknown with curiosity. “There is so much hostility in today’s news cycle that I fear the human psyche is being torn ragged. I want to plant a seed in readers’ minds that fosters excitement about what diversity has brought to our world and the value of respectful, low-impact travel,” she explains.

With the biggest challenge as a self-published author being to build awareness of their books with readers, both nationally and internationally, O’Hare said she is happy and would enjoy to continue as an independent author.

“Although a bigger publisher may help in this regard, I am not convinced their incremental benefit would outweigh the flexibility and control that I currently enjoy.”

A disciplined and dedicated writer, it took O’Hare only a year to write each of her books.

“Although, it is based on stories and notes I had gathered during my travels, primarily over the past three years. I tend to become rather obsessed with my writing once I have an idea or outline, so yes, I am a disciplined writer,” she admits.

She added she already has a new idea for a completely different book that is less of a travel theme and more about global trends and connections.

Nancy O’Hare’s latest books are currently on sale in books stores in Banff and Canmore.

(Pictured) Author Nancy O’Hare and author Lisa Bowes at the launch of their new books at Cafe Books in Canmore on November 25.