I LOVE AN ADVENTURE!
THIS ALL-ENCOMPASSING, THIRTY YEAR JOURNEY
SURPASSES THEM ALL!
|Old Royal typewriter for those first words.|
|Letter from the English author.|
|Old diaries and the ship's log.|
IN THE FALL OF 1993, a female friend from the U.S.—with whom I had shared those stories—was travelling on a river boat in Thailand (see letter above). While on deck, she met an Englishman. During the course of their conversation he shared his love of the South Pacific with her. She, in turn, enthusiastically shared my South Pacific stories. It just so happened that the man was an author and my stories sparked his interest.
THE UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES around this author finding me after he returned from his trip to Thailand, is, in and of itself, another story. Short version: The English author was eager to write what he referred to as a “fascinating” story. When we could not reach an amicable agreement, he gave up his pursuit and suggested that I write the story. “No one has the passion that you do,” he said that last time we spoke across the miles
REALLY? ME...WRITE A BOOK? The Englishman was right about one thing. I did have the passion. But how would I go about undertaking such a daunting task?
WRITING, I DISCOVERED in those early days, was like gourmet cooking. I had to come up with a great recipe. Then, I had to assemble all the right ingredients to make it a pleasing dish. Finally, I had to invite the guests to partake of it; guests I hoped would like it enough to ask me to share my recipe.
I HAD MANY OF THE INGREDIENTS…but not all of them. It required special ingredients to bring those unique stories to life. So began my thirty year adventure. I dug deep (real deep) and uncovered old letters and diaries and documents for the spice. I found others’ accounts of their experiences, adding them for that perfect blend. It was an arduous task, one that came with its share of excitement and often brought the unexpected. It certainly stirred the adventurer in me, inspiring me to wander the world’s exotic pantries for that finishing touch.
WITH ALL THE INGREDIENTS ASSEMBLED, I took the English author’s advice and embarked upon my writing journey in 1994, writing the first line on my (above) old Royal typewriter from the 1940s. Needless to say, I quickly replaced it with a word processor (why use an old word burning stove when there’s a state of the art oven to make it easier). Eight years and countless hours later I had written two complete manuscripts. To whom should I present those manuscripts? And how should I go about it? Remember, I was a novice.
MY UNSUCCESSFUL PUBLISHING JOURNEY BEGAN IN 2002. Eagerly, those literary folks came to my table. They liked the dish, each wanting to alter my recipe to suit their individual taste. But that's another long story. Short version: In 2003— still unpublished—I placed the manuscripts upon a shelf, never once letting go of my conviction that one day that right person would come along and present my stories to the world.
In MARCH OF 2020 A PIRATE SHIP threatened to take the world on a perilous journey—with me on board (that ship was finally named Covid 19). I thought at the time… Where can I go while I’m on this unknown course? My inner voice replied, “The South Pacific.” I immediately went to the shelf, blew away seventeen-years-worth of dust and resurrected the manuscripts. I felt that the time was right. And that person waited. I knew exactly what to do this time.
TWO REVISIONS AND NINE MONTHS LATER I telephoned a literary agent/author friend and told her I was ready to introduce the two South Pacific stories. Having joined me on my writing journey earlier on she said, “I know just the lady!”
ON JANUARY 8, 2021, that "right" person called me and said, “I am intrigued by your stories. I want to publish them.” It just so happens that was my birthday. And what a birthday gift that was!
AS FOR THE SOUTH PACIFIC STORIES: In Search of the Cannibal King hit the market May 26, 2021. Cannibal King will hit the market October, 2021.
NOW I HAVE BEGUN A NEW JOURNEY! Where this one will lead me? ONLY TIME WILL TELL!
TO MY FELLOW WRITERS: NEVER give up your dream. Even if it takes years to realize it.
What would cause a man to leave the civilized world behind and live out his life among cannibals?