Girl dubbed ‘backpacking Bridget Jones’ after launching a solo journey weblog when her marriage ceremony was referred to as off writes crime thriller a few honeymoon homicide (and he or she’s now married with 2 children!)


A mother-of-two whose solo journey weblog went viral after her marriage ceremony was cancelled has penned a brand new novel about two newlywed {couples} whose honeymoons flip bitter.

Kate Grey, 38, wrote thriller The Honeymoon, which is launched on Thursday, after having a chilling nightmare through which she noticed a bloodied man’s physique on the seaside and was framed for his homicide.

‘It was surreal and horrifying,’ Kate, from Hemsley, North Yorkshire, stated.


The mother-of-two, who has beforehand been recognized for her journey writing and has additionally written six girls’s fiction novels, awakened from her nightmare and started writing the e-book.

Kate beforehand went viral below the nickname ‘Backpacking Bridget Jones’ after she give up her job, bought her home and her automobile and purchased a one-way ticket to south east Asia after her £20,000 marriage ceremony was referred to as off.

After amassing 1000’s of loyal readers together with her solo adventures, Kate is now married to journalist John Siddle – who first broke the story of her unbelievable travelling journey.

Kate Grey, a blogger-turned-author, has written her first crime thriller, The Honeymoon, which is launched on Thursday. Kate beforehand amassed 1000’s of followers together with her journey weblog, Not Wed or Useless

The couple now have two youngsters, Everleigh and Auben.

Kate first made headlines in 2013 together with her travelling weblog, Not Wed or Useless, through which she joked she was a ‘backpacking Bridget Jones’.

On the time, she stated: ‘Everybody did assume I used to be slightly mad, particularly as I would by no means travelled wherever on my own earlier than, however it simply felt proper.

‘I wanted the time away from every little thing and everybody I knew to search out myself, however it wasn’t as tacky as that.’

Kate (pictured on her travels) give up her job, bought her home and her automobile and purchased a one-way ticket to south-east Asia after her marriage ceremony was referred to as off in 2013. She earnt the nickname ‘backpacking Bridget Jones’ after documenting her unbelievable adventures in her weblog

Kate is now married to journalist John Siddle, who first broke the story of her journey adventures. They share two youngsters, Everleigh and Auben

After travelling the world and beginning a household, Kate set her sights on turning into an writer and first landed a e-book take care of Carina UK in 2016. After publishing a number of girls’s fiction books, she turned her hand to crime writing, however admits lockdown induced her to undergo from author’s block.

Nonetheless, after experiencing the grotesque nightmare, Kate, initially shaken, was impressed with an thought for her novel.

She stated: ‘The realism was overwhelming, and I used to be gripped by terror. My husband needed to console me, reminding me that we have been protected at dwelling in lockdown, removed from the scene of the nightmare.’


Kate added: ‘I could not let go of the dread and panic,’ she recalled, ‘It felt so actual, I might nearly odor the suncream and listen to the waves hit the sand.

‘I could not get again to sleep and I knew then that I needed to write as a lot of this nightmare down and attempt to seize that intense concern.

‘The concept caught with me. I puzzled what would occur if this form of factor occurred in your honeymoon and the way you would possibly go about beginning married life having to share the darkest of secrets and techniques.’

She immedately started writing The Honeymoon, a darkish crime thriller about two newlywed {couples} in Bali whose journeys of a lifetime finish in homicide.

Kate stated: ‘Many marriages can survive something – however when it begins on a lie is it actually ’til demise do us half?’

Describing the writing course of, she recalled: ‘There have been loads of days the place I questioned whether or not I had it in me to be an writer. It is such a tough business to get a foothold in.

‘There have been occasions once I thought it’d simply be a lot simpler to get an everyday job.

‘However the nightmare was simply the kick I wanted – it fired me up a lot.

‘I wrote each single day, waking up earlier than the children, staying up late as soon as they have been in mattress, and locking myself away simply to get some extra phrases down. The primary draft was accomplished in simply two months.’

Kate is at the moment writing her second thriller – however is protecting its plot a secret.

She added: ‘I am unable to give an excessive amount of away simply but, aside from it takes place over the course of an evening in a distant setting, the place not everyone seems to be who they are saying they’re.

‘My recommendation to anybody writing – do not hand over, attempt to keep constructive and all the time maintain a notepad and pen at your bedside! You by no means know when inspiration would possibly strike.’