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Former weekly reporter pens book after discovering talent for travel writing

A former weekly journalist has written her own travel book after winning several national competitions.

Janet Rogers, a former Worthing Gazette and Herald journalist, has published Over the Hills and Far Away, which features tales of her travels from around the world.

Janet, pictured, discovered a talent for travel writing in her sixties and won the Daily Telegraph weekly travel competition six times.

She was also a runner-up in a Guardian travel writing competition.

Janet Rogers

Janet told Sussex World: “I was a news reporter in my twenties and didn’t discover travel writing until my sixties and now I can’t stop. Wherever I go I seem to find an interesting tale to tell.

“I started writing articles for a Daily Telegraph weekly travel competition. After I’d won it six times, I found I could distill certain travel experiences quickly and efficiently into 500 words.

“I could capture the moment, work out a beginning, a middle and an end and produce a complete mini tale. I was a runner-up in a Guardian travel writing competition and went on to have articles published in magazines and travel books.

“In the end I had more than 60 short travel tales on my computer and I decided I wanted to see them in a book so I went down the self-publishing route.

“A neighbour of mine, talented young artist, James Perry, who studied illustration for his degree, agreed to do some illustrations and design a cover for the book.

“There was so much to learn about editing, formatting and the process of self -publishing that I was lucky to have James’ help.”