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Novelist Amanda Smith explores the psychology of travel & relocation in her new book 'The Inner Fire'
The most significant part of the voyage is not the physical one. Writer Amanda Smith gives insight into this idea.

When you hear the title "novelist" you likely have one of two stereotypes in your mind, sensationalist or high-browed purist; Amanda Smith is neither. In truth, she's the antithesis of these. 

An adventurous travel writer (she's visited fifty plus countries thus far in her career) who has worked for numerous online outlets (including The Upsider, News.com.au, even Google's Travel app), Smith communicates her personal experiences in a way that allows readers to feel that they are walking alongside her and living the moment in real time. 

Following great prompting, she has undertaken the writing of her first novel The Inner Fire: A deep exploration by a traveller, for travellers. Set for release next month, this is completely unlike any presumption you have about travel books. It's a descriptive view of the experience of being a traveller that doesn't focus on the locations themselves, but rather the emotional journey that follows the physical one. For those who consider themselves part gypsy, even if only temporarily, this promises to be the most insightful guidebook yet. 

Many people travel for work but movement is actually Amanda's work. Years ago, she discovered that her naturally ability to communicate through writing allowed her to gift the feelings she felt about the locations she visited to her readers. Being gainfully employed by an eclectic group of clients sent her to some of the most beautiful, enchanting, dangerous, and historical places imaginable on planet Earth. 

After two steady years of navigating the globe, she returned home and found herself in a state of unease. Reintegration to her normal frequency was more than challenging. It was during this time that she became aware of and began investigating this phoenix cycle experienced by travellers. 

The discoveries she made and the premise for the book captured the attention of Media-Connect. A division of Finn Partners (headquartered in New York), Media-Connect is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning leader in the media relations placement field. What the company so astutely recognized is that Smith's novel spoke to the new generation of traveller in an era when companies like Airbnb, Uber, and others have proven that the value of experience has exceeded that of possessions. 

Amanda's travel writing had established her in an online community that admires and relates to her as a person and a professional. With this novel, she gives greater access and insight to her personal journey as well as those who share her passion for adventure. 

The core message of the book is that the most impactful part of one's journey is the one you are likely unaware of. As the label phoenix cycle indicates, travel (particularly extensive travel) changes who you are. You return home but you are not the same person who used to live there. It's educational but even more so it's spiritual. NASA understood this and created a program for the astronauts to be reintroduced to the planet. Even though we never leave the planet, we are all subject to a similar mindset. 

Amanda relates, "The book is both self-help and narrative. I want the reader to know that travel is about transformation, not transportation. It's the ultimate form of consciousness where you're stripped of everything you know and a rebirth can occur. This is why it's difficult to come back home, not because people want to escape their reality but because that shift has occurred within them. It's hard because they've returned 'home' to themselves." 

"I wanted to write a book that would help others going through that, told via my journey and that of other people's, exploring theories & concepts, then introducing frameworks that will help people overcome it. Everyone's experience is different and I want this to be a resource with options rather than dictating THE way to do it. I believe we all go through these transitions in life but there are more 'births and deaths' in travel than the typical person is exposed to." 

The official synopsis of the novel states: "The Inner Fireis an exploration of the phoenix cycle experienced by all travellers: New experiences growing into great joy, then fading, absence, grief, and back into something new. Western society teaches us that loss equates grief. Travelling teaches us that the Little Grief is everywhere; that this grief isn't about experiencing a death of some part of us. But the book prompts readers to ask themselves this: what if it was just the spark of something new? In Inner Fire, Amanda tells her story about two years living in this phoenix cycle. Peppered with the lives and memories of others who have experienced life-changing shifts, she takes readers on a journey: An emotional ride through some of life's deepest, sometimes unexpected, feelings."

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