Last year after presenting at the Montreal Adventure Film Festival, I made a journey to Washington DC where I had to arrange with my literary agent to make a proposal to American and international publishers.
On a windy, cold, November morning, we made the journey by train to New York. I remember Gail, my US agent, hailing a yellow cab down in what to me was like a deep dark chasm between the towering buildings of Manhattan. We were running late to our first publishing meeting.
Over the next two days, we had many positive discussions, and within little more than weeks, we were deciding on a book contract with Bloomsbury! Standing up on the empire state building, it was a far cry from the steppe of Kazakhstan, and yet it was thanks to my horses and Tigon that I was there in the first place. The feeling was very surreal.
Writing for me is the only way to digest an experience properly, and I hope I will be able to do justice to the wealth of people and cultures that I learnt so much about on my way.
The release will happen in the UK and US simultaneously in 2011, as well as in Australia with Allen and Unwin. Between now and then I I have a lot of writing to do!
After a month in quarantine in December and January last year, Tigon finally made it onto true Australian soil. Since then he has been settling in well to life in Gippsland. He already knows the local farms and hills like the back of his own paw, and I can see in him a kind of pride and happiness to have a home. More than that, I am fortunate to have a mother who has cared for him in my absence when I was in Sydney, and in Mongolia.
His most recent adventures include battling with a kangaroo, and barking at a school principal on stage after a presentation I carried out for a valedictory night. He has been coming with me to several presentations, and with him and my old saddle and gear packed in the car, it feels like we are just continuing the journey.
I am still hoping to write a children’s book about him in the future.
Thank you again to all who helped me to raise the $10,000 that were necessary to get Tigon out here from Hungary. I hope you enjoy the photos below of Tigon enjoying life at home here in Australia.