After being left standing at the altar, a jilted bride quit her job for a trip around the world.
Heartbroken Katy Colins, 30, sold her house and her car and booked a one-way ticket to south east Asia after having her big day called off.
Thanks to her heartbreak, she has achieved her childhood dream of becoming a published author.
Katy, from Formby, has secured a three-book deal with Carina UK, an imprint of world-renowned publisher Harper Collins.Katy told the Liverpool Echo:
“Everyone did think I was a little mad especially as I’d never travelled anywhere by myself before but it just felt right.I needed the time away from everything and everyone I knew to find myself, but it wasn’t as cheesy as that.
She kept a travel blog, mainly to keep family and friends updated during her trip, which grew and grew in readers.
Katy said: “People who weren’t related to me started reading my blog and sending me emails, telling me how brave I was to quit it all and go.
“I received messages from other newly-single men and women who said they read my blog as an inspiration – that just because you’ve been dumped it doesn’t mean you have to listen to bad power anthems and devour ice-cream.
With her unworn wedding dress still hanging in her wardrobe, Katy now thinks back to her ex calling everything off as the best thing that ever happened to her.
“His decision, although devastating at the time, was the wake-up call I needed. I had a good job, a lovely house and lived a comfortable lifestyle but it lacked adventure.
“That is something I hoped travelling half-way around the world on my own would give me, and luckily it paid off.
“I have climbed an active volcano in Chile, slept in a Thai jungle, got covered in Holi powder in India, skydived in France, and even taken a flight past Mount Everest.
“I’ve experienced things that I would never have dreamed possible but the highlight is being able to call myself a writer. Nothing compares to that.
“I am a huge optimist and believe that everything happens for a reason. Life is about saying yes, being brave and knowing deep down that it will all end up alright.”