Sailing Magazine Rave Review for Sea Trials

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.

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Interview with Wendy Hinman and BookYourSales.Com



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

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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:

https://eddybookreview.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/wendy-hinman-interview/

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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:

http://knkx.org/post/shipwrecked-14-how-local-sailor-got-crash-course-his-future-career

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:

http://www.byjanna.com/home.html

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KPTZ Radio Profiles Sea Trials

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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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Giveaway ends May 01, 2017.

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