- Oct 25, 2006 8:21 PM Where to Find Me
About me:.. I've been traveling internationally nearly all of my life, and trying not to make a mess of things. This has all culminated in the publication of my first book, Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad, which won the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest in 2004, and was published by AuthorHouse books in 2006. The book is based on my philosophy, "When you travel, things go wrong," and the fact that those things that go haywire usually make for our funniest stories. You can order the book or read free sample chapters on my website.
I just recently signed a deal with Inkwater Press to write a second book, about how to write more vivid and exciting travel journals. That book is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2007.
I also work as a freelance public speaker, giving humorous and/or informative talks on culture shock, travel journaling, Scandinavia and a variety of other topics, and I offer one-on-one coaching for people who want to improve their writing.
From the back cover of my book:
"When you travel, things go wrong."
That might not sound like uplifting advice, but in this hilarious collection of stories about mishaps in faraway places, award-winning humorist Dave Fox proves otherwise.
At age eight, Dave moves to England and nearly starts a riot in Northern Africa. As a nerdy teenager, he smuggles illegal radio equipment into Finland on his way to spending a year in Norway. In his college days, he discovers it is not wise to seek inner peace inside an Icelandic volcano, and he thwarts the Italian Mafia, only to find himself surrounded by machine gun-toting cops in Greece. A few years later, he does something exceptionally reckless. He becomes a professional tour guide.
Whether he’s chasing down runaway sheep in Ireland, munching antibiotics in Turkey, interviewing drunken nomads above the Arctic Circle, or helping diffuse knife fights in the Vatican, Dave travels knowing that when things go wrong, they might not seem fun at the time, but the resulting stories are worth the chaos.
Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad spans 30 years of adventures and misadventures overseas, from Dave’s year as a British school boy, to his teenage days as a foreign exchange student, to his so-called "adult life" as a professional traveler. He weaves together tales both poignant and funny in this memoir of a travel-obsessed geek.
"Dave Fox's writing is hilarious.... It's rare to find a person who has such unique stories to tell and can write about them to boot."
--Tim Bete, Director of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop
Who I'd like to meet:Hmmm... I've already met Dave Barry and the Princess of Norway this year. Do I get more than that? I'd like to buy Barack Obama a beer. I also wouldn't mind getting a haircut and chatting with a barber in, oh, maybe Tajikistan or Greenland or Kentucky.
I generally like people, as long as they don't poke me in the eye. People who poke me in the eye make me cranky.
- Status: In a Relationship
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Seattle, WA
- Religion: Taoist
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- Children: I don't want kids
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: College graduate
- Occupation: Author / Editor / Public Speaker
University of Oslo
1991 to 1992
- Oslo, Norway
- Graduated: N/A
- Student status: Alumni
- Major: Norwegian Linguistics
- Clubs: International Student Association
University Of Wisconsin-Madison
1987 to 1991
- Graduated: 1991
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Journalism
- Minor: Scandinavian Studies
- Clubs: Badger Herald, WLHA Radio