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Monday, July 3, 3pm
Liberty Bay Books
18881 Front St NE # D, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Wendy Hinman, the author of laugh-out-loud award-winning memoir Tightwads on the Loose, shares another true story of adventure and the stubbornness of dreams. Sea Trials is the timeless story of a family and their struggle to finish what they started. Follow the daunting challenges they face and get a glimpse of the fascinating cultures they encounter in a story with enough levity to keep readers of all ages hooked to a suspenseful, satisfying ending.
— “A modern, swashbuckling adventure.” San Francisco Book Review
Sea Trials garnered a Kirkus Starred review and has been selected as a book of the month. Don’t miss this epic story.
Wendy Hinman will be signing copies of both her titles, Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials at Savoy Bookshop in Westerly Rhode Island on June 24th from 3-5pm. Come meet the author and get your very own personally autographed copy.
Savoy Bookshop & Café
10 Canal St., Westerly RI 02891
Here’s the full text of the review of Sea Trials from Sailing Magazine:
“Wendy Hinman is an adventurer, sailor and storyteller. She grew up immersed in adventure from an early age, when her father’s job as a dentist in the Navy took her family to various places during her childhood. She learned to sail and embraced the freedom that it offered. Later Hinman and her husband spent many years on their sailboat, but this book is not that story.
Sea Trials is the true story of her husband’s family and their adventure cruising in the 1970s, when GPS and cell phones were not available and a family going cruising for five years was unique enough to garner media attention in many corners of the globe. Using these news articles along with detailed ship’s loge and other notes and records, Hinman retells her in-laws’ anecdotes in a beautiful tale of sailing, adventure and growing up in a close family on a 40-foot Maine Pinky.
Vela, the Wilcox family’s home for what was supposed to be five years, shipwrecked just 13 months after striking out on the adventure. With two teenagers onboard, finding the strength to overcome both physical and emotional challenges became the elder Wilcox’s primary responsibility. With the damage to Vela on the reef, engine troubles and lack of communications just added to the list of problems.
While there are many narratives of life at sea, few are told with such authority and grace. Since the author was not present for the adventure, she relies on a number of sources and points of view, weaving the details together in a patchwork that is richly multifaceted. The saga of the Wilcox clan is set against the backdrop of a dangerous and fulfilling time at sea, while encompassing the everyday life of a tight family at the same time. Struggles over finding landfall in the dark and fixing damaged rigging are on equal footing with squabbles over chores between the teenagers. Rose-colored glasses are not a part of Hinman’s repertoire, as the physical and emotional strain are evident throughout the book, especially from the mother’s point of view. Tasked with keeping children comfortable and safe at sea, her sheer exhaustion and concern for their well-being is palpable in some pages.
Hinman’s future husband, a teenaged Garth Wilcox, is the hero of the story. The years spent sailing with his family were not his last, and he has racked up many sea miles sailing with his wife. It is easy to see why she was attracted to a sailor who embraces the obstacles that sailing provides and uses them as a springboard to overcome other challenges.
Sea Trials is a captivating narrative, full of suspense and colorful descriptions of the sailing environment. Readers of all ages will enjoy this story and the skill with which it is told.”
Wendy Hinman will be presenting at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod, Monday, June 19, 4:30-6pm http://www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org/
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
135 South Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family. To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, and starvation in a trial that tests them to their limits. Come hear Wendy Hinman share this amazing story and that of her own voyage years later with one of the survivors.
Friday 6/16 Titcombs Bookshop in E. Sandwiche on Cape Cod, Presentation and signing 2-3pm
Wendy Hinman will be signing books on Saturday June 17th from 2-4pm in Falmouth, MA. Come visit this charming local book store and buy him a gift that he’ll remember: a personally autographed copy of this exciting story.
189 Main St Falmouth, MA 02540 | 508.548.5548 | email@example.com
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Wendy Hinman will be spending her Summer Sailstice signing books at one of her favorite maritime venues, The Savoy Bookshop in Westerly, Rhode Island from 3-5pm during her East Coast Book Tour. Look for her at other venues on the Cape and in sailing hotspots along the coasts of Massachusetts and Connecticut.
While it doesn’t hit the news stands until June 1, subscribers of Sailing Magazine have already heard about what a great read they’ll find in Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire.
“Sea Trials is a captivating narrative, full of suspense and colorful descriptions of the sailing environment. Readers of all ages will enjoy this story and the skill with which it is told.” Sailing Magazine
Here’s a picture of the pages featuring the review in the June issue of Sailing, taken by a fan, Terri Benward Benz.
Pick up a copy on your news stand.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to write your book.
As a kid, I wrote poems and songs. But writing wasn’t a “career.” Though I came from a family of readers, no one in my family was a writer or knew any writers personally. I didn’t have any “connections.” But I had hopes. In 8th grade, for a class project, we assembled our essays and poems into a book. As modest as it was, that act left an impression on me. As an adult after years in international business, enjoying the report writing aspects of my jobs the most, during the dot com boom I shifted into working as a technical writer, a web content manager, and an online magazine editor, but I always secretly longed to author books. Marrying my love of sailing and adventure with my love of writing seemed a natural place to begin publishing book-length manuscripts.
What is your newest book about, and where did your decision to write it come from?
Over the years I’d been hearing snippets of the epic voyage my husband had taken with his family around the world and their shipwreck when he was fourteen. Family dinners had been filled with “you remember the time when …
⦁ gun boats forced us to sail across mines in the Red Sea?
⦁ our pilot Abdul got lost in the Suez Canal?
⦁ the boat starting sinking in Israel?
⦁ Mom tried to poison us?
⦁ we ran out of food and nearly starved?
Such tantalizing anecdotes intrigued me. I got possession of the famous letters the family had mailed home. Hundreds of them. Inside them was more detail than any writer could hope for. Too much, sometimes. But in combing through them I fleshed out the outline of the story that I’d developed in my mind of the voyage. I asked a lot of questions of the family members and took copious notes. I consulted guide books and sailing directions, maps, and the ship’s log to ferret out the details. I read the newspaper articles, listened to the interviews with the family. And started writing. And double checking details with the ones who had lived through it. With a rough draft completed, I had them read every word to check for inaccuracies or things that didn’t seem true to their experience. It was a family bonding experience.
I got possession of the famous letters the family had mailed home. Hundreds of them. Inside them was more detail than any writer could hope for. Too much, sometimes. But in combing through them, I fleshed out the outline of the story that I’d developed in my mind of the voyage. I asked a lot of questions of the family members and took copious notes. I consulted guide books and sailing directions, maps, and the ship’s log to ferret out the details. I read the newspaper articles and listened to the interviews with the family. And started writing. And double checking details with the ones who had lived through it. With a rough draft completed, I had them read every word to check for inaccuracies or things that didn’t seem true to their experience. It was a family bonding experience.
What I uncovered was such a dramatic story that I could hardly believe anyone had truly lived through it. Especially people I knew. It featured things like pirates, gun boats, mines, thieves, starvation, and scurvy.
And that’s AFTER surviving the shipwreck.
How long did it take you to write the book?
It took me a couple of years.
Read the rest of the Interview here: https://bookyoursales.net/tightwads-loose-sea-trials-author-wendy-hinman