Tim and Debbie Bishop are the authors of Two Are Better, an inspirational travel adventure memoir that chronicles their life-changing journey of marrying for the first time at the age of 52, Tim’s retirement, a relocation to Massachusetts, and a cross-country cycling adventure.
Tell us a bit about yourselves.
Debbie grew up in Connecticut and New York, and lived in Colorado for 20 years before moving back east and living in Massachusetts for the past 17 years. She taught school for over 25 years and recently retired from her position as a literacy specialist. Tim was born and raised in Houlton, Maine. He is a CPA and worked for a private company in Maine as their treasurer. We met each other on the Internet in 2003 and married in 2010. We were both 52 when we got married and neither of us had been married before.
We have both enjoyed writing since we were youngsters. Debbie won first place for the most creative tall tale in fourth grade, and Tim received an award for his creative essay to Santa Claus while in elementary school. Tim wrote a book when he was in his twenties about his faith and beliefs. Debbie taught Writing Across the Curriculum to teachers as a high school home economics teacher. As an elementary school literacy specialist, she helped teachers improve how they taught writing.
Can you tell us about your latest book?
Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast is a colorful tale of our cross-country adventure on a bicycle. We included maps of our trip, a trip log, and lessons that we learned about being newlyweds. Spiritual truths and inspirational themes throughout the book help readers realize that it is never too late to set goals and dream. Midlife can be the best time of your life!
Two Are Better began with a blood clot. Tim was confined to our living room in March of 2011, gazing at the outstanding photos from our bicycling honeymoon as they flashed by on our digital picture frame. The visuals, combined with the life-changing events that they captured, impressed upon both of us the remarkable journey that we had enjoyed and the inherent benefits for others with whom we could share it. Tim started writing about our trip, our courtship, and our marriage. Debbie joined in later to share her perspective. In time, a health scare turned into a memoir to share with the world.
What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
We hope readers will be inspired to move forward in life. Our book explores the change that we underwent to become married for the first time at 52. One can’t move forward without a willingness to change and take risks. With bicycling, you cannot go in reverse. You must move ahead — you keep pedaling. If readers feel stuck in their lives, this book will prod them toward more adventuresome living.
How is your book different from others on the market?
Readers get some unexpected bonuses with this book. There are over 100 color photos throughout the book and we tell our story in two voices. It is not only a travelogue but also tells the inside love story that can inspire and encourage others with yet unfulfilled dreams. Two Are Better also turns midlife crisis upside down. Instead of the becoming “the beginning of the end,” midlife can give birth to a new and exciting chapter in one’s life.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast is available at our website, www.openroadpress.com, and other online stores. It is also available through bookstores.
What is up next for you?
We are open to all kinds of possibilities. We would like to tackle more bicycle tours in the future. Our Mom-to-Mom tour last summer, when we bicycled from Naples, Florida, to Houlton, Maine, produced some fond memories and inspirational thoughts. We’ve not yet decided whether to commit those to posterity in another book. Since Two Are Better’s publication, we have enjoyed interviewing on the radio and through the Internet to spread the news about our story and our book. We expect that to continue. Tim still consults for small businesses and Debbie would like to keep her hand in teaching. We also volunteer as hope coaches for TheHopeLine, which reaches youth in crisis.
Is there anything you would like to add?
We hope people read our book, discover the beauty of this country from the perspective of a bicycle, and always live a life of adventure, whatever form theirs may take. Time is short. We should all “GO FOR IT!”
Tim and Debbie Bishop blog at www.openroadpress.com.