A three-year wait
Three years ago my story The Lost Ship came fourth in a Facebook writing contest. It should have been third, but a vengeful lady rigged the contest and pushed me out of the top three. Two friends who finished in the top three got writing offers; I was left in the wilderness. The cover has changed in its three-year history, the original was done by my friend Jamie Moody.
The cover at the head of the article is the one on sale at Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007QERF2E. The title on the cover at the head is a work in progress, a story which will continue the story of the Prospero's crew.
The story is a fictional story about a true Yorkshire pirate called John Andrew, His ghost still haunts the inn he ran for over 30 years in Saltburn-on-the-Sea, North Yorkshire. The Ship Inn is also haunted by the ghost of his four-year-old who died of diphtheria.
The Love of the Sea
When the contest ended I was asked by one of the judges for a copy of the story. For a gift, I put in the original short version of The Love of the Sea. This was the start of a long journey for this story, as it went through changes from a 500-word short to a novella length story which took 14 months to complete.
A Sailor's Love
On the journey from a short to a novella, the story was transformed into a 1,500-word blog for a former friend, who asked if I'd thought of writing a novel.