My new book, From Boys 2 Men, An Adventure in Paradise chronicles a two year trip around-the-world in the mid-sixties. Two young men, fresh from high school, take off on a 3 month surfing safari to Hawaii. Their summer fling turns into a serendipitous surfing and sailing voyage on a 56’ ketch. They circumnavigate the planet while having the adventure of a lifetime.
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Los Angeles. After finishing high school I spent two years circumnavigating the planet, mostly by sail. I then went on a walk-about through South America and later traveled two years in Mexico. I served at Seal Team One in the Navy I went back to school and trained to be a Chiropractor. I practiced in Carlsbad, CA for 14 years before I retired in 2000. In 2006 I began to write the book that encompassed my first two years of travel which resulted in From Boys 2 Men, An Adventure in Paradise.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had planned on writing the book for many years, However, after retiring I met a beautiful woman who inspired me to sit down and finally put this story on paper.
How did you choose the title?
It was a toss up between, Beyond the Ordinary and From Boys 2 Men, which describes the maturation process that Chuck and I went through on our journey.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published?
I sent out a thousand query letters and found no interest. I decided to become proactive and formed my own publishing company that published the book.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Ever since completing my travels and telling stories to my friends, they said I had to write the stories so others could enjoy them. Unfortuantely, it took decades until I could actually sit down and write From Boys 2 Men.
Did you learn anything from writing this book?
Yes, it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I must have gone through a hundred rewrites, a thousand proofs, and God knows how many edits.
What types of books do you like to read?
I’ve recently reread Melville’s Moby Dick and Verne’s 20,000 Leaques Under the Sea. My favorite author is Michenor, his writing is brilliant.
Are you working on your next book?
My next book will probably be about my adventures in South America, I think I’ve got an ongoing adventure series, here. The stories are really fun and it’s a great read, especially for high school and college students.
Where can readers learn more about your books?
My website: Fromboys2men.com has newspaper articles and pictures from around-the-world. Page 2 hosts a book trailer and lots of information is available on the website. The book can be ordered at Amazon & B&N in both book and ebook format. Barnes and Noble carries the book in San Diego and it is at the San Diego Maritime Museum.