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Recent news from the publishing front is that the autobiography from Peter Higgins will be available for reading by the end of the year. Titled This Much is True, the biography covers 50 years of his life, reflecting on the key events during his upbringing, university life and then his life overseas that saw him motorcycle in some of the most extreme regions in Asia, including northern Vietnam, Luzon Island in the Philippines, Taiwan, northern Thailand and northern Burma.
Upon entering a period of sobriety, Higgins, who had long wanted to record the events in detail before the flush of memory is obscured by the mists of time, finally knew it was time to write it all down.
"I have new projects that are percolating," he said recently in a phone interview. "So I felt I needed to set the record straight and get it all off my chest before I could open up some new doors and move forward with new writing projects. I found the time was right. I think the reader will be able to tell from the natural flow of the narrative."
Higgins has been writing short stories over the last four years since returning from Ecuador, where he wrote No More Waiting to Die in a whirlwind year during 2012 in Quito.
"It's true I needed some time to recover after that year of chaos and intensity in Ecuador. Those were very fast days in the fastest lane in South American party life. I knew I was in the eye of the hurricane but felt in total control. And I found it strange to see my friends slowly fall by the wayside, one dying and then another. I didn't realize how close to death I was."
Despite exhaustion Higgins did keep writing when he returned to Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. There were shorts stories like Tumbleweed and The Leaky Hourglass that readers enjoyed, but nothing substantial like previous publications. (Highest readership at wordcarpenter.com is No More Waiting to Die, followed by The Motorcycle Inn and Visigoths in Tweed. But selections from Book Excerpts is the most popular with visitors). These stories widened the scope of Wordcarpenter but failed to fortify his strong publishing record over the last decade.
Avergaing a book a year over ten years, his autobiography This Much is True is his most substantial work since The Hellmantle Testament, published over five years ago. But more than that it is an easy-to-read biography that tells the true story of each of the many unusual adventures he experienced in Asia and South America that Wordcarpenter readers can compare to the fictionalize events found throughout his adventure novels like Prophecy Seekers, The Hellmantle Testament, Zeitqualia and No More Waiting to Die. What the reader is left with is incredible insight into in fact how non-fiction these exploits were and just how much danger he exposed himself to during his decade overseas. His acknowledged recklessness gave rise to great moments recorded for readers engineered to inspire them but in reality the carelessness and utter regard for the realities of expat dangers lends the biography a unique place among biographies of writers. So many writers write of adventures but so few actually do the adventure and then write. Here Higgins is unsurpassed in modern niche literature.
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