The Gypsy Journal, a well-read RV publication, published its final installment with the recent November/December issue. The magazine, started in 1999 and published bimonthly, chronicled the travels of Nick and Terry Russell while also providing RV-related news and product reviews.
“We had a good run,” said Nick Russell, who is in the process of selling their Winnebago diesel pusher as the couple has now settled down for the first time in nearly 18 years in Florida’s Central Coast near Daytona Beach. The motorhome was the third RV the couple used during their travels.
“It’s a little bit of a bittersweet feeling and a little bit of ‘gosh that was fun but it’s time to do something else,’” said Russell.
Even though their time on the road full time has come to a close, Russell continues to blog daily at gypsyjournjalblog.com, which he said gets over 700,000 hits per year. He told RVBUSINESS.com that he’s focusing more of his time these days on his novel writing career. “For many years the Journal and my speaking gigs at rallies supported us really well,” said Russell. “But in the last four or five years my career as a novelist has really taken off. I’ve got 28 books out now.“
Russell said he writes two different mystery series. Twelve of his books published to date are part of the Big Lake series, based off his first novel set in a small town in Northern Arizona. That novel landed on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2011, and he recently finished the 13th book in that series.
The second set of novels is part of the John Lee Quarells series, which follows the life of a small town deputy sheriff in the northern Florida panhandle area. Russell has also penned several RV and travel-related non-fiction books that he self-published and are available on Amazon.com.
The author put out four books this year and four the previous year while also publishing The Gypsy Journal. As time passed, the income from the books grew while that of the Journal subsided. That realization, along with some health issues, influenced the couple’s decision that it was time to leave the full-timing life and the Journal behind.
“We both turned 65 this year and there are other things we want to do,” said Russell. “It just seemed like the right time. We feel fortunate that we were able to get out and full-time at a young age, where a lot of people my age are just starting to do it now. We had a good time, but now we get to go into this new phase in our lives. I don’t regret a minute of it.”