Book: Cabin Fever by Sheila Claydoncategories: Book, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Fiction, Entertainment, Travel, Music, Singing, Dancing, New Zealand, Sydney Australia, Melbourne Australia, Cruise Ship Romance
Sheila Claydonabout this book: Cruise line owner Drew Carrington-Smith is so busy doing the one thing he always resisted until his father died and guilt took over, that he's forgotten how he used to enjoy his life. He's given up on his music too and, instead, spends his leisure time partying, always with a different girl on his arm.
Although dancer and singer Ellie Masters has had enough of travelling, she's not sure what else she wants to do with her life. After six years of entertaining passengers on various cruise ships she's ready to settle down, but to what? Too busy wrestling with her dilemma she forgets about the one thing that is still eluding her, until Drew lets her down and she realises, belatedly, that she's fallen in love.
Why did I write this book? Well something always triggers a story. It might be a chance word, a snippet of news or, as in the case of my book 'Cabin Fever', a journey.
On a trip to Australia, I took the long route. That is, I went via New Zealand. I didn't have the time to take a leisurely drive down through North Island to South Island and then onward to Sydney though, so I let a ship do the travelling for me, and boarded a cruise ship in Auckland.
Every day the ship took me to a new port to be part of a magical adventure. I sailed through the New Zealand Fjords, travelled up into the mountains via some of the most beautiful countryside I've ever seen, and visited towns, such as Art Deco Napier, that were as fascinating as they were unusual. Of course the writer in me couldn't let any of those experiences go to waste and so the book 'Cabin Fever' was born.
During the evenings on board ship many of the passengers talked to members of the entertainment crew, and sometimes one of the dancers or musicians would accompany us all on a day trip, so I had already learned a lot about what went on below decks. When I returned home it didn't take me long to check my facts about cruise ships and the people who work on them. Nor did it take Drew and Ellie long to find me. I was ready and waiting when they popped into my imagination along with Craig and all the other characters that inhabit the book.
The best thing though was that I was able to relive my journey all over again as I wrote the book.
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