Meet the Author: Mindy Budgor
15 August 2013 Last updated at 17:41 BST
Warrior Princess chronicles author Mindy Budgor's time in Kenya.
At 26 the native Californian decided to volunteer in Africa and it was whilst there a tribe chief told her women weren't strong or brave enough to become warriors.
Feeling challenged Mindy decided she would become the world's first female Massai warrior.
She describes her 'alternative' gap year to the BBC's Nick Higham...