Ex-fiance of jilted bride who wrote travel book about break-up is engaged to new love
Jilted bride Katy Colins given book deal after selling home to go on round world trip after break-up
Published 20/01/2016 | 17:32
A jilted bride who sold up after her fiancee broke off their engagement weeks before their wedding has landed a book deal after blogging about her soul searching travels.
Katy Collins, previously a public relations officer at Manchester Airport, wrote The Lonely Hearts Travel Club after her former fiance Thom Soutter broke up with her weeks before their £20,000 wedding.
The 30-year-old sold her share in their home in Stockport, Manchester, and went travelling around the world while writing about her adventures in a blog called NotWedNotDead.
Despite going travelling to get over her heartache she says it was the "wake-up call" she 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."
Mr Soutter, a legal worker in London, went to work in the Middle East after their split four years ago and has since found a new love and is due to marry again.
He told the Sun he wished his former fiancee well with her writing career.
"I am very much looking forward to marrying Alyson.... it's a pity that a failed relationship from four years ago has been made so public now."
The paper reported that he and Katy split after he admitted having an affair, breaking the news to her when she returned from a trip to Uganda.
Katy has now secured a three-book deal with publishers Carina UK about her backpacking adventures.
She told the Mail: "Ironically, an editor called me on what would have been our third wedding anniversary. It is poignant to think how far I'd come through hard work, being brave and wanting to live the biggest life I could."
She added: "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."