Deb GrahamÂ was born inÂ New York state, and have resided in Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, and Â lived north of Seattle for 27 years. She haveÂ visited 26 countries, and all fifty US states.
I have written my entire life, as far back as I can recall, including a 3 act play in second grade that the class performed. I write copious letters, and I â€˜collectâ€™ neglected missionaries, having written consistently to over 130 of them. Iâ€™ve kept a daily journal for four decades. IÂ write!Â My husband began publishing several years ago, and encouraged me to write a book.
Having never written a book, it seemed apparent Iâ€™d better choose a topic about which I know something. We enjoy traveling; Husband accuses the women in the family of having a Gypsy Gene; if thereâ€™s a place to go that involves a suitcase, or better yet, a passport, count us in! Iâ€™ve been on dozens of cruise vacations.
As we enjoyed multiple cruises, I realized I just plain know more than most of our fellow passengers we spoke to; likely a factor of my being a compulsive reader, as well as a writer. I have a fear of missing Something Wonderful when I travel, so I go well-prepared. As I interacted with travelers, amazed at how few know routine things (such as how to order meals on a ship, what to do in port, how to book the best cabin for their needs), I found myself thinking â€œwhy donâ€™t they know this stuff?â€ I realized there was no one place to go to learn the things I know.
So I wroteÂ Cruise Tips From The Cruise Addictâ€™s Wife.Â Itâ€™s a travel book with a twist, loaded with tips and tricks on how to save money, while seeing more and doing more and knowing more than any other passenger onboard, laced with humorous stories gleaned from my travels. Currently, it has 215 reviews on Amazon, including profuse thanks from people who insist I changed their lives by writing this book. Not bad, for a first â€“time author!
Mediterranean Cruise With The Cruise Addictsâ€™ WifeÂ is my newest book. We planned our first-ever trip to Europe with friends; a cruise, with private tours in all ten ports, plus stays in Stockholm, Venice,Â and Barcelona. I take pride in being frugal —some say â€˜cheap—and as usual, I wanted to see and do as much as possible, while saving money. As I prepared, I realized all my research was too good to waste!
Itâ€™s in three parts. The bookâ€™s first section is the before-the-cruise planning and comparing, the middle was written day to day during the journey, insights, impressions, andÂ the people we came to know. Part three is afterwards, including what I did best, what I would change, and the dry details and comparisons on tours, so a person planning a similar trip could skip all that effort. Again, itâ€™s laden with humor, stories, first impressions, and how anyone can save time, energy, and 45%-65% while having a better experience than most fellow passengers.
As an author, I think part of my role is to improve a readerâ€™s life in some way. Often, a cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, long anticipated, and I want travelers to make the most of their precious time. Both of these book accomplish that in style. I also think there are enough dry, yawn-worthy travel books out there. With my background in stand-up comedy, these books are different.
Iâ€™m currently working on my first novel, a cozy mystery set on â€“where else?â€”a cruise ship. Having never written a novel, my first step was researching How To Write A Novel, literally typed into Google. If I can do it, whatâ€™s stopping others? Iâ€™m aiming for a February 2016 release.
I chose to self-publish, after hearing the experiences of others with traditional publishing routes. Titles, characters, covers, even genres changed, and being under contract, theyâ€™re stuck. And for their trouble, their royalties are pennies.
We live in a time where self-publishing options abound, and itâ€™s surprisingly easy. I wouldnâ€™t do it any other way. For me, itâ€™s been rather lucrative; weâ€™re not wealthy, but that Mediterranean cruise was paid for, private tours, airfare, 5-star hotels and all, with my book royalties. Iâ€™ve also used book money to pay for two week-long cruises, along with new carpet and a remodeled bathroom in the house.
My advice for new authors would be toÂ write. If you can string together a sentence, you can write, and there are so many helps out there! Iâ€™ve given seminars on self-publishing, and I try to be encouraging, because so many in the industry are not.Â Due directly to my talks, I know of at least eight books that have been published, after languishing in a desk drawer for years, as their authors hesitated.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if I can answer any more questions, and thanks for this opportunity!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CJ18IACÂ Â Â Tips From The Cruise Addictâ€™s Wife
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00USBHWYSÂ Mediterranean Cruise With The Cruise Addict’s Wife