Everyone who knows me knows if I’m not reading I’m planning my next trip and having just returned from Mauritius and Dubai a couple of days ago, with Uganda, India and Indonesia booked for next year, I’m delighted to be off on my travels again, albeit vicariously, with M.P. Tonnesen, author of Desert Skies, Rebel Souls. I couldn’t agree more that to travel is to live.
Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is available for purchase here.
Desert Skies, Rebel Souls
A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.
From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.
From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.
Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music and key events of the nineties – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.
To Travel Is to Live
A Guest Post by M.P. Tonnesen
A wise man and fellow Danish writer, H.C. Andersen, once said: To travel is to live. Whether you travel in real life or travel by book, there is no denying that exploring the world outside your window widens your horizon. As a human being, but perhaps for artists in particular, you need to fuel your imagination with impressions. Colours, smells, sounds, textures, tastes – all your senses come alive and are stimulated when you travel. If you never get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself, you will not be able to create anything new and exciting for others to enjoy – and you will go to your grave less fulfilled in my humble opinion. Through your writing or other craft, you are then able to whisk others away on adventures they would perhaps otherwise not have been able to experience.
I was born a wanderer. Globetrotting runs in my blood. My mother is from Singapore, my father from Denmark, and they met in Cyprus. They both have the wanderlust gene and have passed it on to me. We did not travel wide and far when I was a child, but I grew up with family all over the world and different cultures and languages as a central part of my life and identity. Now I get claustrophobic if I remain in one place for too long.
There is a passage in Desert Skies, Rebel Souls in which Olivia, the travelling protagonist, meets a Bedouin in the desert, and he surprises her with a simple, yet profound revelation:
‘“We both wander. I am desert nomad. You are modern nomad.” He pointed towards the vast desert behind them only a short distance from the village. “This. All of this my home. But I wander all my life. Look for grass and water for animals. I am not lost.” His keffiyeh-clad head gave a small shake. His eyes twinkled. “I wander to be free.”
Olivia’s lips parted, but no words came out. She was still as the rock beneath her, processing the surprising revelation. She was a wandering soul and it was a gift, not a curse.’
I hope my new novel will take the readers on an adventure that will stay with them forever. Happy reading and happy travelling!
(My perfect combination – travel and books. Thanks so much for such a lovely post.)
About M.P. Tonnesen
M.P. Tonnesen is a writer and businesswoman living on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. She was born in Denmark, but grew up in a multicultural family and has lived in Brussels, the Middle East, and London before moving to the island with her family in 2011.
She authors contemporary and women’s fiction with an adventurous twist. Her books are inspired by her experiences working, living and travelling around the world.
She has a Master’s Degree in International Business and Modern Languages with a major in Intercultural Communication. She has also studied Creative Writing at London School of Journalism, Faber Academy and Isle of Man College.
She has worked with communication from a variety of perspectives: business, academic and creative media. Her creative work has been published locally and globally, including her diverse portfolio of business and lifestyle articles for magazines.
She enjoys reading and telling good stories, travelling and eating dark chocolate. She also dabbles in yoga, pilates and juggling two kids.
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