Meet Walter Curran, author of On to Africa and Young Mariner, on Sunday, August 12th at 6:30pm!
On to Africa
On To Africa is the second book of a trilogy following the exploits of Connolly. It follows the exploits of a young man, William Connolly. Growing up in South Boston Irish Catholic, Connolly graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, got his first job as the Third Mate on Moore- McCormack line freighter MorMacPride sailing to South America only to discover larceny, smuggling and murder among the crew members.
He signs on again as the ship is heading for Africa, the time with passengers, including a game hunter and mother/ daughter returning to South Africa, sharing the already close quarters, complicating things.
Connolly falls in love with Meg, the daughter of one of the passengers while fending off sexual advances from two older women, both married, one the captain's wife. From New York to Kenya and all ports between, the mystique and character of Africa impresses itself upon Connolly and all abroad.
In port, greed and larceny arise again. testing the moral compass of Connolly. Stolen diamonds complicate an already testy marital dispute between the captain and his wife and force Connolly and others to choose sides in what becomes a fatal encounter during one of the word Atlantic Ocean storms of the decade.
Can Connolly save his romance, the ship, the diamonds and his future or end up in jail as an accomplice to smuggling and murder?
Walter F. Curran was born in South Boston, developed a love for all things maritime in his early teens and followed that love, graduating from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1966, sailing for four years as a Third Mate in the Merchant Marine. Coming ashore in 1970, he worked at a number of Stevedore & Marine Terminal companies in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and San Juan, P.R.
Walt started writing poetry in 1997 after returning from Ireland and discovering blarney was an innate trait. His first book of poems "Slices of Life-Cerebral spasms of the soul" were composed for the most part riding Amtrak back and forth from New Carrollton, MD to Philadelphia.
His first novel "Young Mariner" uses his background in the Merchant Marine for setting and is the first of a planned trilogy.
Walt is retired, currently resides in Ocean View DE, is a member of the Rehoboth Beach Writer's Guild (RBWG) and the Eastern Shore Writer's Association (ESWA). He is also the current mayor of Ocean View.