[TSE 15] Falling In Love, Sailing The World And Becoming An In-Demand Author With Torre DeRoche

Posted on /by Natalie Sisson/ in Podcast / 11 comments
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Don’t you love those stories where dreams do actually come through. Where the girl falls in love with the foreigner and they go sailing off around the world together and live happily ever after?

Australian born Torre DeRoche is living proof of this. A talented graphic designer, Torre has an amazing story that started in a bar where she laid eyes upon her future boyfriend.

Don’t all good things start in a bar??

I digress.

Torre fell in love with an Argentinian hybrid, who invited her to sail the world with him, from San Francisco  to Australia. Despite being a fearful adventurer (her blog name) and a self described neurotic, she said yes. Which is a true testament to her courage especially if you read her `About page’ description of herself:

“Rife with phobias, but unwilling to be stopped by fear, I engage in daring adventures, hopeful that I’ll one day be miraculously cured of anxiety. Meanwhile, I blog honest accounts of my journey and the realizations I have along the way. I hope to inspire others to face fears, follow dreams and proudly let their fear flags fly.”

Luckily for us as Torre has an amazing writing ability and she decided to write a book on this sailing adventure. Swept – Love with a chance of drowning will be back out on Amazon to read once she’s gone through her publishers.

Let me rephrase that. She put her business on hold to write this book for 2 whole years and tried to get a publishing contract. That is a brave decision to make, and after many rejections from publishers and dwindling savings account, she self published.

What happened from there is truly extraordinary. Within a month she was discovered on Twitter and asked if she would sell the rights to her book for a movie, as well as receiving multiple offers from major publishing houses.

I cannot do her amazing story justice so I recommend you read My Journey: Self-Published To Big Publishing Deal. Better yet, if you want to hear her story in person then I suggest you listen to our podcast.

In this interview with Torre DeRoche you’ll learn

  • Torre’s truly fascinating story of love to publishing contracts and upcoming adventures
  • How to just go with your gut instinct and apply fierce focus to what you really want in life in order to make it a reality
  • How to create a thriving blog by just being yourself and writing from the heart
  • The path from self-published to six figure book deals and lessons learned

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I told myself: I could never do that. I’m too afraid. But now I know better. @fearfulgirl via @suitcasepreneur https://bit.ly/1qrcfp9

  • This was one of my favourite reads of 2011. Such a great story from an inspirational woman. Go Torre!

    • Natalie

      So great to hear Kirsten. She is indeed inspirational. I just got to meet her in person tonight too and I feel she has so much more to share with the world and more books in her for us to enjoy.

  • This is such an inspiration to push out of your comfort zone. I can’t wait to read Torre’s book!

  • I have been reading Torre’s blog for the past few months and I’d say that her journey is quite inspiration. And brave. She might be a “fearful adventurer” but I admire here willingness to take risks.

  • What a fantastic, inspiring story of triumph! Congratulations Torre! And thanks for featuring her, Natalie! Andrea x

  • Thanks for all the wonderful comments, and Natalie – thanks for the interview. It was really great talking to you. You’re an excellent interviewer.

    • Natalie

      I agree Andrea, Torre’s story is what dreams are made of and she’s super down to earth and cool in person too but also funny and sharp so you can see why she put her mind to this and the Universe answered her call. She so deserves it. Torre thanks lovely lady. I think you’re just easy to interview!

  • WOW!!! What an amazing person. Although I have never met her, it is so clear that everything she did came from the heart!!!! Truly inspiring!

    Natalie, thanks for sharing:)

  • Lindsay

    I’ve been trying to order this book for a few months but it has been out of stock on Amazon and not yet available for tablets!! Must be a popular read!

    • Natalie

      Hi Lindsay. I think I wrote above that since getting her multiple contracts she had to pull it from Amazon under her own self-publishing until it goes out through her new publishers. So it will be available again soon!

  • Lindsay

    Yes – thanks, Natalie! I can’t wait to read it when I can finally get my hands on it!

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