A fellow member of Redwood Writers (the largest and most active chapter of the California Writers Club), Frances Cabello, has invited me to be part of a blog-chain about writing.
She recently posted an interview on her blog about her latest book: Social Media Just for Writers – The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Book. And she has passed that interview on to me…so here goes.
Question: What is the working title of your latest book?
Answer: My husband and I are writing an e-book about a recent cruise we took. Our working title is: Cruising Panama’s Canal (Savoring 5,000 Nautical Miles and 500,000 Decadent Calories).
Q: Where did the idea come for the book?
A: From our Panama Canal cruise…and the way each of us experiences things. My husband dives in with a sense of hyperbolic humor, while I (with my journalistic background) try to get all the facts and details correct. He is mainly covering all the desserts – chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. I’m covering everything else. We thought this combination might make for entertaining reading. Plus, our 17-day cruise was filled with surprises, both pleasant and not so pleasant.
Q: What is the genre of your book?
A: It’s non-fiction, travel writing.
Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Jane Fonda or Sally Field for my character. Paul Newman for my Sweetheart.
Q: What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A: The subtitle: Savoring 5,000 nautical miles and 500,000 decadent calories
Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Self Published. It will be an e-book. Hopefully we can finish the writing, editing,
Formatting and uploading within the next few months. That’s our goal, anyway.
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft?
A: We’re still working on it. We’re about halfway through the first draft.
We expect the book to be about 150 pages (including end-notes, etc.)
Q: What other books would you compare this story to?
A: It’s a typical first-person travel adventure, but I can’t compare it to any specific book. There is one similarity with Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charlie” in that, Steinbeck explained that as he aged, he was driven to travel to places he’d always dreamed of, and our Panama Canal cruise was something Sweetheart Al had always dreamed of doing.
Q: What else about the book might pique readers’ interest?
A: In addition to being entertaining, the book is full of information on cruising itself: why people cruise, costs of cruising, how to eat well without gaining tons, what there is to do onboard in addition to eating, how to choose shore excursions, the historic building of the Panama Canal, and so on. Anyone who enjoys travel or ocean cruising, or anyone who hasn’t cruised but wants to learn more about it, would probably like our book.
And now the blog chain marches on with author Thonie Hevron, another member of Redwood Writers. Thonie Hevron is author of By Force Or Fear, available on Amazon.com. Here’s the link: http://www.thoniehevron.com/ Thonie Hevron’s blog—“Just the Facts, Ma’am” -- gives writers and readers an authentic cop experience. Here’s the link: http://thoniehevron.wordpress.com/