A romantic comedy, Two Steps Forward tells alternating points of view from Zoe, an American artist, and Martin, a British engineer. Both are grieving. Both are at a turning point in their lives: no money, no partner, no children they are responsible for…and no idea what to do with their lives. Fate throws them together on the Camino, from Cluny to Santiago, and as they negotiate the terrain, culture and people along the Way, they find they have more to offer each other than they expected. But before they can find out whether their lives will be intertwined beyond the Camino, they need to work out what they are running from – and what it is they wish to keep, and what they need to leave behind.
In 2011, we walked out of the door of our French farmhouse with a 6kg pack (me) and a 10kg pack (my husband, Graeme Simsion). Eighty seven days later (two days off) and 2038 km later we arrived in Santiago de Compostela having walked some of the less know routes of the Camino (from Cluny to Le Puy, then St Jean Pied de Port, then through the Pyrenees to join the Camino del Norta and finishing on the Camino Primatevo).
It was a magic experience, both spiritualyl and physically challenging, and it wouldn’t let go of us. We planned a novel and both wrote it from different points of view – and then last year put the two together, and edited it heavily. Originally called Left Right, Two Steps Forward is now due out in late September/early October 2017 with Text publishing.
We re-walked the entire Camino in 2016 for polishing touches. This time we finished off on the more popular Camino Frances (as seen in Martin Sheen’s The Way).