Technically Africa was the second continent I ever lived on–when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania for two years–but it’s the first one I wrote a book about.
Living in Tanzania as a 22-year-old Volunteer was definitely an interesting experience, and it certainly shaped my outlook on life and has without a doubt influenced everything I’ve done since then. In fact, seeing all the cool stuff that Africa had to offer made me even more excited to visit other continents, just to see what other interesting things were out there.
I wrote a book about my experiences with the idea that it could be useful for prospective Peace Corps Volunteers, as well as something hopefully interesting and entertaining for anyone who was curious about East Africa. I very naively thought that this was something I could get published through a traditional publishing company, until a literary agent politely informed me that there just isn’t a big market for memoirs written by Peace Corps Volunteers.
If anyone is actually interested in reading it, you can find it as an ebook at Amazon or Smashwords, and as a paperback from CreateSpace or Amazon. It’s called The Peace Corpse: Misadventures in Love and Africa, and you can find more information about it here.