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Cruising and Writing – Fun Features

By Bette Lee Crosby / April 9, 2015

car packed and ready

Cruise ship

Martini bar on cruise

Martini bar on cruise two

Cruising and Writing – Fun Features

As people learned in the Seven Things Others May Not Know¬†about my writing life, I need absolute quiet to work. Sometimes I’ll float in the pool and come inside all ready to write the great ideas that came to mind and… the plumber shows up – Dick tossed a whole container of meatballs left over from party last week down the toilet and it clogged – then the cleaning gals and in no time it’s bedlam.

A wonderful answer to this is a cruise! First we packed up my tiny car with all our luggage. The cruise stopped off at the Eastern & Western Caribbean: Puerto Rico, St. Marten, St. Kitt, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Haiti, etc. All fun places but we have done this a number of times before so I spent most of my time… working!

My new novel is set around the time period of World War II. After the cruise I reached 25,000 words.

Of course now that we’re back I have a GIANT suitcase filled with nothing but laundry!

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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