Saturday, 12 September 2015

Sea Ghosts

A three-year wait 

Sea Ghosts

Sea Ghosts 
 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.


Yorkshire
 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.

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