I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. So very very thrilled. There are more details here.
The Cape Adare and her Journey
The Cape Adare is based on the cruise ship in which I sailed almost but not quite to the North Pole.
The MS Trollfjord was not one of the great white ships – the floating hotels – that ply the tropical cruise routes. It was a smaller ship from the Hurtigruten cruise company – that was as much about delivering supplies to the remote fishing villages on the Norwegian fjords as it was about the tourists who were along for the ride.
As always, I mapped the setting for my story. First I took the plan of a ship – and added a few changes that were necessary for the things I wanted to do to my characters. I also made sure to mark the cabins where my main characters were staying.
I borrowed a ship layout from Hurtigruten, made my modifications and kept it close as I was writing – so I would always know what deck my characters were on – and where they we going.
And the route? I researched Antarctic cruises – most of which go from South America. There are cruises from New Zealand, but I was surprised to discover that Australia is not usually a starting point for that sort of cruise. Australian cruises tend to head north to the tropics.
I saw no reason why my fictional journey couldn’t start in southern Australia … so I studied distances and ship speeds and came up with an itinerary for such a cruise.
Of course – it didn’t happen quite like that … there was the storm, and the rescue…
If I’m very lucky – maybe one day I can do this for real.
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