Bold Journey

Bold Journey

By   Publisher  Clancy Tucker Publishing

ISBN  9780994601025


Published in   Action & Adventure, Death Grief, English, Fiction, Historical, Romance, Teen Young Adult,


When Severino Agnelli and his family migrate to Australia from Italy in 1954, his son, ‘Fozzie’, meets a beautiful girl, ‘Cat’ Ginelli, on the ship, and they become friends. The Agnelli and Ginelli families love Australia, work hard and forge friendships. Cat becomes a nurse and Fozzie a journalist, but tragedy strikes when Fozzie’s brother is killed in the Vietnam War, and Fozzie spirals into depression when his dad dies. Cat pleads with him to write the book he’s wanted to write – ‘Bold Journey’.

Fozzie flies to London, writes his book, and travels to Italy where he sees Cat interviewed on television, working as a nurse during a famine in Ethiopia. Inspired by Cat, Fozzie heads to Ethiopia to report on the famine, and his passionate reports are syndicated worldwide. Cat is unavailable, but Fozzie leaves a crucifix with her colleague; one Cat made for him in 1954. Returning to London to fight for the Ethiopians, he is hospitalised with meningitis, and Cat flies from Italy to keep a secret vigil by his bedside. Fozzie recovers, and Cat leaves London to get on with her life.

Attending an International Awards ceremony, Fozzie is stunned to win an award for Humanitarian Journalism. Minutes later, Cat is awarded an honour for Exceptional Courage. Will Cat accept her award? Will she and Fozzie finally meet up? Who nominated them for their awards?

What is the Tag Line for your book? (A short description of your book in a sentence or two)

Dedicated to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice to leave their homeland and begin a new life in Australia.

Do you write full time or part time

Full time

How do you structure your day when you write

Wake up, shower, coffee and get stuck into it.

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

I love it. It is a gift. Everyone on this planet has talents and gifts. I don't need much money to survive, but I'd like to make lots of money from my books so that I can set up scholarships for poor kids around the world. To me, the ultimate would be for an author like me to provide an education for kids living in poverty.

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work

I've just had my next three books printed, and the next 12 are finished, ready to be finalised.

What inspired you to create this book

Many migrants made the ultimate sacrifice, by migrating to Australia. Their contribution to THE LUCKY COUNTRY has been outstanding.

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it

Young adult fiction. Why, because I remember what it was like as a kid.

How much research did you do on your book? (If it applies)

None. It all came from my memory.

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

Greatly as a writer but it is so hard to sell books.

What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you

Nothing. Like all of my books, I got involved with the characters and wrote it.

What was the most rewarding

Honouring the thousands of migrants who came to this country to live.

If you had to start over, is there anything you would do different


How have you evolved from when you first started writing until now

I use social media more often, and also write a daily blog that goes to 168 countries.

Are you a planner type person, or do you prefer to dive right in when you write

I have an idea and it takes off.

How much dialogue do you have with your readers

Some. Fortunately I have some avid followers who like my passionate books.

Do they influence your writing

No, but they encourage me to keep going.

Do you recommend being a part of a support groups to help you with your writing

At first, but eventually you have to bit the bullet and just do it.

Do you work with an editor If so, how much input do they have

I used to but not any more.

Was there anyone in your past that you think influenced your writing

Maybe my grandfathers. They were intellectual thinkers.

Do you have any tips or useful resources on marketing

Do whatever it takes to get your name out there. Don't be shy.

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)


What are your thoughts on book series

I have several series going. Your followers can't wait for the next book to be published.

How long do you think a book should be? (Pages or words)

The story is the story. That's it.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers

I've picked up some top reviewers over the years. Many of them are also authors who like my work.

What advice would you give to your younger self today


What is your favorite book or film

My favourite film is 'Babe'.

If you don’t already have one, do you have plans to have a book trailer and what are your thoughts on them overall

I've made five but do not see them as a selling agent.

What are you working on next

The third book in the Wiralee Trilogy. It will be called 'Magic Billie'.

When you get frustrated, how do you deal with it

Push on.

What advice would you give a writer that is just starting out

Just do it! But, get advice from everywhere.

About the Author


Clancy Tucker is an award-winning author with three awards in the Australian National Literary Awards. He writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers, but has also achieved success as a poet and photographer. Clancy has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, has photography accepted and published in books in the USA (Innocent Dreams, Endless Journeys & A Trip Down Memory Lane), used as covers for magazines (‘The Australian Writer’ – 2008 and ‘Victorian Writer’ - 2008), has work registered with the International Library of Photography and been published in literary magazines. He’s written more than 146 short stories and has a sizeable collection of bush poems. Clancy’s won, been short-listed, ‘Commended’ and ‘Highly Commended’ in writing contests: 2006, 2007& 2011 Australian National Literary Awards, Raspberry & Vine (twice), Positive words, Australian Writers On-Line, Shaggy Sheep Tale, The Cancer Council Arts Awards (2005 & 2008), The Dusty Swag Awards (2010) and had twelve short stories published in literary magazines (Page Seventeen, Branching Out, Positive Words and The Australian Writer), newspapers (The Standard, Mountain Views & The Advocate), written articles for Kid Magazine in the USA, and won a poetry prize to name a life-size statue designed by renowned Belgian sculptor, Bruno Torfs. Clancy is a full-time writer but has been a speechwriter, senior public servant, farmer and small business operator. He teaches students at the University of the Third Age (U3A), mentors emerging writers, has worked with street kids, and draws on life’s experiences to write entertaining stories for kids. Clancy also writes a daily blog which includes top guests from around the world: human rights lawyers, authors, musicians, artists, illustrators, senior diplomats, young adults and many more: Check it out. He has also been a guest on dozens of blogs, writes a monthly editorial for a newspaper and contributes articles for literary magazines. Clancy has also been a contributing guest editor for the Australian Prostate Magazine. Not only, Clancy has been a human rights activist and social justice campaigner for decades.