Derek is a 40’s Scot who enjoys cruises and long distance walking. Derek and his wife have been fortunate enough to complete two long distance walks in the Scottish Highlands; the West Highland Way & Great Glen Way. And he is considering using those walks as future book inspiration.
But for now, he uses his many cruise adventures as inspiration for his blog and book trilogy.
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What do you blog about on Nautical Nights?
Fictional cruise adventure aboard 2 sister ships.
How long have you been blogging? What motivated you to start?
Since November 2016. To provide a free on-line blog/story and also to indirectly promote my forthcoming book. I am having a lot of fun writing Nautical Nights.
What is your favorite part of blogging?
Creating characters, scenes, and plots while trying to keep it light-hearted fun.Meet #IBAbloggers @thecruiseauthor who blogs about light-hearted fictional cruises!Click To Tweet
What is the hardest part about blogging for you?
Finding the time and bringing all my ideas together.
Who is your favorite blogger and why?
I’ve not been blogging long enough to have a favorite.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t blogging?
Experience as many cruises with my wife as possible have some drinks with friends, complete long distance walks.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself
30 years ago this year I spent 2 weeks holiday in a naturist resort. It was certainly an ‘eye opener!’
What did you do before you began blogging? What skills do you have?
My I.T. skills are limited, and before I was made redundant 7 years ago, I didn’t use social media. Since dipping my toe into the ‘self-employed’ world, I have gradually increased my use of I.T. My background is banking, accountancy, and finance.
Have you been published anywhere else either online or in print?
My first book, Surprise Sailaway, was published in November 2015.
What do you hope to achieve with your blog and online presence?
I would like to raise my profile and therefore (hopefully) increase the sales of my book trilogy.
Big thanks to Derek for being part of the IBA, and for making us all wish we could just sail away on his next fun cruises! Make sure to head on over to Nautical Nights to follow along. Till next time, Monica 🙂