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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cruising
Publisher: Filament Publishing
Publication date: 24th January 2017
In Family Sailaway, Sarah receives a flyer from CZN Cruises with tantalising summer offers and soon makes plans for her next cruise. This time, the adventure is longer, the ship is bigger and there are many more countries on the agenda. Unlike the first cruise, when she travelled with her younger sister, Sarah is joined by her aunt, uncle, cousin and boyfriend Paul (who she met on her first cruise).
Two other families become part of their adventure and sparks fly between cousin Megan (young, single, attractive – and she knows it) and protagonist Sarah. Megan befriends another passenger, Rebecca, who says she is a cruise reporter but Sarah suspects there is more to her than meets the eye.
Megan attracts a lot of attention from fellow passengers including a married man travelling with his wife and a younger, shy man who lives in the shadows of his more confident brother. Who will win Megan’s affections and how do other families get entangled in their story along the way? A storm brews during the cruise that makes for even more entertaining scenes along the way. This is a tale of family relationships, friendships, suspicion and intrigue, romance, feuds and, of course, the thrill of the cruise.
Family Sailaway is the second in the ‘Sailaway Trilogy’ and starts six months after the original book. You could read this as a standalone book but as they’re both quick and easy reads, we strongly recommend starting with the first – Surprise Sailaway, published by Filament in 2015 – and then jumping ship straight to the second!
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
What initially got you interested in writing?
My wife and I’s first cruise was our honeymoon back in 2005. We were instantly hooked and have never looked back. After our fifth cruise, we discussed making notes/diaries of our cruises for our own memories. I started thinking about taking this a stage further and soon I was thinking about plots and characters!
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I initially self-published with the help of a 3rd party. I then bought a marketing book whose author had published with Filament and on approaching the editor he agreed to assist me with the 2nd book in my planned trilogy.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
The trilogy is a celebration of the cruise industry. I would like readers to enjoy the story, raise a smile or laugh and if they haven’t cruised before, consider booking one!
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
My first two books have been inspired from my wife and I’s own cruise experiences. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing them as it brings back happy memories. I hope that the reader not only enjoys the story but is encouraged to consider booking a cruise for themselves.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Making a start to the story I have in mind and finding the time to write it! My full-time job gives me a regular income but it can be a barrier at times.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Always be positive and believe in your story/idea. Remember that you will have rejection and you’ll never be able to please everyone.
What ways can readers connect with you?
ALSO BY THE AUTHOR:
Print Length: 138 pages
Publisher: Filament Publishing Ltd
Publication Date: December 7, 2015
Surprise Sailaway tells the story of two sisters who embark on a short cruise following the sudden and tragic death of their parents. Sarah and Hannah ﬁnd themselves living the high life on the high seas where the eldest ﬁnds possible romance and the youngest a potential career. Life on board is relaxed and stress-free for them both, a million miles away from the memories they have back home of their parents.
Follow their adventures on board as they visit Amsterdam and Hannah has the chance to see Paris. A twist at the end is a direct result from the parent’s death and an event that will change both sister’s lives forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in Dundee, cruise aficionado, retail manager and author, Derek Curzon, moved to Lancashire in 1998 aged 28. His background is Accountancy, he has worked in myriad roles in the banking world as well as editing a local magazine. He found love through writing – he married his penpal (before the days of emailing and Tinder!) and their first cruise was their honeymoon in 2005 – they’ve never looked back and have been on six cruises to date with plenty more in the pipeline.
Their cruise holidays have given them the chance to see places they couldn’t have hoped to visit on a ‘normal’ holiday. The Sailaway Trilogy takes inspiration from their own cruise experiences and celebrates the cruise industry as the booming travel sector it is today.
Family Sailaway, due for release in January 2017, is the second book in the series. As a spin-off from the trilogy, Derek launched a fictional cruise blog: ‘Nautical Nights.’ It’s a light-hearted and humorous look at life on board a cruise ship and the ensuing adventures!
When he’s not working his day-job, writing blogs or articles, or planning the next book, Derek can be found long-distance walking.
As a couple, Derek and his wife have completed the West Highland and Great Glen Ways in the Scottish Highlands and will be walking Hadrian’s Wall in 2017.