Meet Walter Curran, author of Young Mariner, on Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30pm!
Young Mariner is a coming of age novel circa 1966. The protagonist, William Connolly is a street smart kid from South Boston evincing the intense naivete of Mitch McDeere in The Firm by John Grisham albeit in a waterfront setting.
A recent graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Connolly is starting his first job as Third Mate on the cargo ship, MorMacPride. He wants to make the Merchant Marine his career, but sails into seagoing larceny as he discovers a captain and crew involved in smuggling drugs, guns and explosives.
The story follows the ship's travels from New York City into U. S. East coast ports down through the East Coast of South America, racing through the Great Lakes ending in Brooklyn, NY in an unusual and violent way.
Young Mariner is the first of a trilogy following the exploits of Connolly. The second takes place in south and east Africa and the third explores the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.
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.