Written by veteran truck driver, William Tellot, ‘The Long Haul’ fuses fact with fiction to give a vital insight into the day-to-day life of those who drive rigs for a living. Detailing the highs, lows, tight corners and freewheeling adventures of cross country trucking – this gripping novel quashes stereotypes and inspires deserving credit for those at the wheel.
Alexandria, LA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/01/2013 -- Alexandria, Louisiana – While many jobs are misunderstood by the public and unfairly portrayed by the media, few suffer a false reputation worse than truck drivers. While many make them out to be dirty, uneducated and sometimes even a little crazy, a compelling new novel by an industry insider dispels that negative portrayal and reveals truck drivers as the unsung, and largely unseen, heroes that they truly are.
‘The Long Haul’ is the work of William Tellot; a passionate driver who has spent nearly two decades navigating eighteen-wheelers across all corners of the United States. Wanting to give the public a vital insight into his work and develop a positive reputation for his hundreds of thousands of fellow truck drivers, Tellot has fused his own experiences with creative fiction to offer readers the literary ride of their lives.
Just as veteran truck driver Brandon Stevenson finds his life and marriage at a low point, he barely survives an accident in his eighteen-wheeler, which skids across a mountain slope on its side. Barely alive, Brandon feels anything but lucky. His journey through the phases of his recovery gives him the opportunity to rebuild and pull together the broken pieces of his life.
Highlighting the best and worst of human emotions during a crisis, Brandon comes to realize that if he is going to have any chance to fully rehabilitate his body and his marriage, he will need to be in it for the long haul.
As the author explains, his novel had very humble beginnings.
“I’ve seen some terrible accidents over the years, many directly in front of me. After speaking to a driver at length about his own collision, I came to realize that us drivers have a misunderstood story that needs to be told. I spent the next year collecting my thoughts on all aspects of the job. However, in 2007, my own life changed forever,” says Tellot.
Continuing, “I was involved in my own life-threatening accident, seeing the paramedics arrive just before blacking out. I had cheated death and there were no longer any excuses to be made; I began the four year journey of utilizing my own experiences to write this book of fiction mixed with a few splashes of reality. I poured all of my emotion into the book to tell this story of love, loss, and triumph of the human spirit.”
Since its release, the book has garnered a consistent string of rave reviews.
“This book has an amazing storyline. It’s an easy read and keeps you riveted. You will not want to put it down once you start reading it. The author used fact and fiction in writing this book. Just in reading the book you can sense the hard work and dedication the author put into writing it. It’s very heart-felt and touching,” says Francis M. Prettyman, reviewing the novel on Amazon.
Another reader was equally as impressed, adding, “The author's writing style made me feel like I was reading pages from his personal journal. It felt very intimate sharing the details of his personal experience through the view point of Brandon. The book was well written and kept my attention from beginning to end.”
Above all, Tellot hopes that his book will help the public better understand truck drivers, sending any stereotypes about them down crashing down.
“Most truck drivers are clean, articulate, family-oriented, law-abiding citizens just trying to make a living. The public, largely has no clue how their own driving affects a truck driver. My story will give people an insight into our lives that could even change their own. After all, it changed mine,” he adds.
‘The Long Haul’, published by Trafford, is available now: http://amzn.to/1aiE6vL.
About the Author: William Tellot
Having been a truck driver for the last fifteen years, I was in an accident involving a truck, which I was very fortunate to survive. Many of my own life experiences, on and off the highways, compelled me to tell this story of triumph of the human spirit. Some people say that a truck driver cannot obtain his commercial driver's license unless he has an ex-wife. The exaggeration pokes fun at how hard it is to maintain a family life while you spend three days a month at home. Therefore, when a truck driver's marriage gets strained, it can be a nearly insurmountable task to work it out. I grew up near the Rocky Mountain range and have traveled from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to San Francisco nearly a thousand times. Now, I make my home in the much more humid climate of Louisiana, continuing to do what I love. Drive.
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