My name is Torre DeRoche

I’m the author of two books and this here blog. I live in Melbourne, Australia, but hold two passports, because I was born to American parents. I’ve always felt conflicted about whether I’m a bohemian Californian flower child or someone who gets intimate with dangerous wildlife and uses too many swear words.

I settled somewhere in the middle.

I didn’t set out to become a writer. My father was a film and television writer, and I saw how the craft robbed him of hair and put a crease in his brow so deep we could almost water the family cat from it.

I pursued visual communications instead, but when I moved my life onto a boat in my mid-twenties and set sail with a new love, only words would suffice to express the true terror of being stranded mid-Pacific on a boat with no steering, no working engine and two holes draining the ocean into our home.

That’s how Love with a Chance of Drowning came to be written and then published in 2013.

My hair then fell out and my brow creased.

And, oh, the love drowned.

And so here we are.

My second book is due to be published in September and it’s called The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World. Set in Tuscany and then India, the story begins at a time in my life when all hope seemed lost, when I met a wise, hilarious and coo-coo woman who was walking her way around the world. If you enjoy a touch of comedy with themes of death, anxiety and existential panic, I think you’re going to enjoy it.

I’ve been published in the travel writing anthology An Innocent Abroad, alongside Cheryl Strayed, Dave Eggars, Sloan Crosley, Pico Iyer, et al. My work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian Travel, Sydney Morning Herald, and Emirates’ Open Skies magazine, as well as a range of digital publications. You can also find a story of mine in the 2016 Lonely Planet anthology True Stories from the World’s Best Writers.

I’m hoping that my next big adventure will be a walking pilgrimage with my sixty-six-year old mother, who once cupped a large pair of goat’s testicles at a children’s petting zoo and yelled out “I WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH THEY WEIGH.” (Answer: heavy.) I told her I might write about her one day and she clapped her hands together with glee and became 300% more offensive.

The lady delivers.

About this blog

Oversharing on the internet since 2006

This blog is a safe space for the anxious, the lost, the chronically awkward and the existentially confused. Because who the fuck knows really? 

As far as I see it, fear is ruining the world. Though it’s a wonderfully helpful mechanism to have when you’re being hunted by a large and toothy animal, if left unchecked it warps into all kinds of messed up.

Fear can be debilitating, ruinous and contagious. But it can also be pretty fascinating. Look out into a crowd of humans – anywhere, anytime – and what you’re beholding is a swarm of fear-driven flesh monkeys. We all have it. It’s an unavoidable part of the human experience, but to what level does it need to control us?

That’s what I’ve been trying to understand – through adventure.

Adventure to me is a vehicle for understanding myself and human nature through experiential learning. I believe that, somewhere in between the terror of fear and the exhilaration of adventure is a sweet spot for understanding the self. It’s also the sweet spot for masochism, but let’s not go into that.

This blog has been profiled in National Geographic Traveller, HelloGiggles.com and was one of Viator’s Top 25 Travel Blogs of 2015. Elizabeth Gilbert has called this blog “Right on the money, you guys, and very inspiring.”

I’ve been blogging since 2006 and a lot of exciting things have happened – the most interesting, perhaps, is my discovery that people often Google ‘Help! A gecko wants to kill me!,’ because I‘m accidentally in the #1 search spot for that particular crisis. Welcome, gecko victims. And welcome to everyone else.

I hope you stick around a while.

But if you have to run, why not subscribe to get updates straight into your inbox or check out my upcoming book.

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