Wendy Hinman to Present at Village Books June 9

Wendy Hinman will share juicy tidbits from her new book, Sea Trials: Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington on June 9th at 7pm.

Fri, 06/09/2017 – 7:00pm

Event address:
Village Books and Paper Dreams
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

From the Village Books Website:
*Join us for this FREE Lit Live! event — meet the author and get your book signed!*

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. Without a working engine or a way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests them to their limits. It’s a skillfully-told story of tenacity and grit filled with glimpses of the fascinating cultures they encounter and enough levity to keep readers of all ages hooked to a suspenseful, satisfying ending. Don’t miss this Kirkus best book of the month pick.

Wendy Hinman is the award-winning author of Tightwads on the Loose, the story of her 34,000-mile seven-year voyage aboard a 31-foot boat with her husband, Garth Wilcox, the teenage hero of her new book, Sea Trials, which has garnered a Kirkus starred review and selection as a book of the month. She is also the editor of the Writers Connection, in which we interview successful writers about the craft of writing.

Can’t make it to an event? No problem! You can pre-pay and receive a signed, personalized copy of the book you want. We ship!

View event details here: http://www.villagebooks.com/event/wendy-hinman-060917

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Eddy Book Reviews Interview with Wendy Hinman

Interview with Wendy Hinman, award-wining author of Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials.

Tell us about how you evolved into a successful book author.

I wrote stories for the radio in college and began submitting articles to various publications. It was a thrill to share what I’d written and see it in print. For a time I worked as a technical writer. Then I edited an online magazine and managed web content for a number of organizations. I became a journalist and regular contributor to several magazines and wrote a popular blog about our travels. Through that I generated an audience who loved my stories and wanted to read more. They encouraged me and kept asking me when the book would be out. I can’t emphasize enough how much that helped keep me going when I grew discouraged.

I have a group of writers with whom I meet every week and they helped keep me going. All are serious about developing their craft and publishing. Between us, we have eight books and countless nationally published and award winning articles and stories. These writers inspire me and keep me focused on producing high quality material on a regular basis. Also, I am the editor of the Writers Connection Magazine, in which we interview many New York Times bestselling authors and learn from them. For more info, visit http://www.writersconnection.org and to become a subscriber.

Read the rest of the interview here:


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Sea Trials is “completely riveting” according to the San Francisco Book Review

The San Francisco Book Review says of Sea Trials:

“This true story of the Wilcox family is completely riveting and simultaneously insanely frustrating – which means it’s a great book! Hinman’s attention to little details like family squabbles and disagreements or stop-gap repairs make the whole trip vivid and real and their concerns intense… you are intensely caught up in the family’s decisions and dilemmas while they are facing them and can sympathize with their recurrent optimism and desire to achieve their goal. Sea Trials immerses you in the Wilcox’s world as you share their great adventure, for good and ill. It is an adventure that, for readers, is well worth the trip.”

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Radio Interview with KNKX: The shipwreck that changed everything

“Turning Point” segment on KNKX Sound Effect features the shipwreck that changed everything for the Wilcox family, as described in more detail in my new book Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire.

Off the coast of Fiji in the Pacific Ocean, brightly colored coral reefs sit a few inches below translucent waves. It’s these unsuspecting reefs that changed everything for one family back in 1974.

Their story starts in the early 1970s in San Francisco Bay where Chuck Wilcox and his wife Dawn loved to sail with their two kids, Garth and Linda. They would glide through the waters of the protected bay, Chuck dreaming of life at sea and Dawn imaging all the new places they could visit.

Chuck and Dawn eventually asked, “Why not sail around the world? Why not show our kids what life is like beyond San Francisco?”

“So they went out and took all the navigation courses — learned how to fix diesel engines,” said Garth Wilcox.

Garth was just 13 years old at that time. Today he’s a naval architect in Seattle. His wife, Wendy Hinman wrote a book about the Wilcox family’s adventures called, “Sea Trials, Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire.”

Garth and Wendy came into the studio to talk about this epic trip with Sound Effect host Jennifer Wing. Garth recalled all the amazing adventures they had visiting islands across the Pacific Ocean including the Cook Islands, American Samoa, and Tonga. However, he also remembered the hard sailing lessons the family learned along the way.

The hardest lesson came in September 1974, when the family hit a reef off the coast of Fiji. They were left shipwrecked on a small island with the fate of the boat unclear.

This crash changed everything for the Wilcox family.

Listen to the interview here:


Or listen to the podcasts from May 13, 2017:
Shipwreck, a Turning Point. KNKX’s 88.5 Sound Effect Listen on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sound-effect-from-knkx/id967132009?mt=2
Shipwreck, a Turning Point. KNKX’s 88.5 Sound Effect Listen on GooglePlay here: https://play.google.com/music/listen?t=Sound_Effect&view=/ps/Iwfa7zhyvscnz6dlg3jgugy2td4

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Nice Review of Sea Trials from Bookmonger Barbara Lloyd McMichael

In the Coast Weekend Arts and Entertainment issue, Bookmonger Barbara Lloyd McMichael describes Sea Trials as
“a remarkable story about perseverance.”

Read the full review here(http://www.coastweekend.com/cw/books/20170505/circling-the-globe-x2014-some-400-years-apart)

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Janna Cawrse Esarey describes Sea Trials as “skillfully told”

Janna Cawrse Esarey, Author of bestselling travel book Motion of the Ocean shares her impressions of Sea Trials. She says:

“Sea Trials is a skillfully told story of perseverance, ingenuity, and grit. Wendy Hinman is back with another gripping sea saga, one that’s vivid enough to make you feel you’re aboard the 40-foot Vela … or shipwrecked on a reef in Fiji. Hinman’s pacing keeps the story humming along and her eye for detail helps us savor the voyage. Brief, well-placed excerpts from the family’s letters read like gems in a treasure hunt.”

To find out more about this funny and talented author, visit her website:


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KPTZ Radio Profiles Sea Trials


April 28: 1 p.m., KPTZ 91.9 Port Townsend radio interview with host Phil Andrus on Tossed Salad program.

Wendy Hinman and Phil Andrus will chat about Wendy Hinman’s new book, Sea Trials, 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 after they are shipwrecked 13 months into their journey.

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Robert Dugoni calls Sea Trials “a gripping tale”

Robert Dugoni, the #1 Amazon and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite mystery series says of Sea Trials:

“A gripping tale of a family’s harrowing journey to sail around the world against seemingly insurmountable and deadly odds.”

Find out more about this award-winning, best selling thriller author through his website at:


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Live Radio Interview with KSER 90.7 at 4pm April 21

Wendy Hinman – Sea Trials: A True Story. Wendy Hinman returns to Sound Living with “Sea Trials,” the story of her husband’s being shipwrecked at the age of 14. This is his story of fighting wild weather, pirates, gunboats and other dangers to repair the boat and continue the family’s trip around the world.
http://www.kser.org/news/sound-living-fri-4pm-8KSER Logo

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