Back in the year 1984, on the picture-poster tropical island of Rarotonga, I literally fell into whaling history when I tumbled into a grave. A great tree had been felled by a recent hurricane, exposing a gravestone that had been hidden for more than one and a half centuries. It was the memorial to a young whaling wife, who had sailed with her husband on the New Bedford ship Harrison in the year 1845.
And so my fascination with maritime history was triggered ... resulting in 23 books (so far).
I am proud to say that I am a founding member of the publishing cooperative Old Salt Press, which is dedicated to fine books about the sea. Launched on May 15, 2013, this press has seen the birth of six more of my books -- the fifth in the Wiki Coffin mystery series, "The Beckoning Ice," a nonfiction castaway story in the spirit of the bestselling "Island of the Lost," called "The Elephant Voyage" (read the book to find the reason for the strange title), a trilogy set on a piratical brig at the exciting start of the California gold rush, "Judas Island," "Calafia's Kingdom," and "Dearest Enemy," and a reissue of an old favourite, originally published as "Abigail," but now brought out as "A Love of Adventure." All available as digital books. Watch for the print editions.
Visit www.oldsaltpress.com to see what other exciting books with a nautical theme, all by fine authors, are arriving on the scene.