I’m currently solo windsurfing around Europe. Well, at this particular moment, I am sitting on a pontoon at a place I don’t know the name of in Norway waiting for some wind to come along. This current windsurfing journey inspired my shortlisted book, which I published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon’s independent publishing programme, this spring.

Jono Dunnett

Jono Dunnett

Despite this, I am very normal and quite cautious - There is nothing exceptional about me.

Though I do consider myself exceptionally lucky to be able to live the life I am living.

I very much appreciate offers of food, a shower, use of a washing machine, somewhere to stay… As I am travelling day-to-day, it’s often hard to plan out my trip as I don’t know where I’ll end up between morning and night. I very much appreciate offers from citizens around Europe extending their kindness to me on my journey

I can’t do without coffee. Black. Strong.

I have a firm belief that human beings are fundamentally good. Life is better that way. Of course, there are examples of people who do not do good things, but there are reasons for these.

I’m not a windsurfing addict. Really, I’m not. Windsurfing just happens to be my speciality and ticket to travel and experience.

I can accurately measure temperature from the consistency of a Snickers bar. Nothing to be proud of, my dentist tells me.

Crowds are not my thing. But I am relatively social. In fact, I can chat with myself for hours. This is just as well, because the seagulls soon lose interest. By ‘crowds’, I mean like at festivals and football matches. By ‘not my thing’, I mean create a strong urge to get away.

I was a worrier, but worry less now. Worrying stems from inaction on choices. Make a choice, then what will be will be. Doing is so much more empowering.

Sometimes I elaborate more. But to do so here might detract from your enjoyment of Long Standing Ambition, and there’s a shop 3km up the coast I’d like to make before it closes. Chocolate supplies are running low.

Jono Dunnett’s book Long Standing Ambition is shortlisted for the UK Kindle Storyteller Award, a prize recognising newly published work across any genre. 

The winner will be announced at the end of July and will receive a £20,000 cash prize, a marketing campaign and the opportunity to have their book translated.