New Historical Fiction Author Emerges into the Limelight!

Combine four women from opposites sides of the globe but connected by their passion for writing and sailing and what do you get? The ingredients for a powerful maritime novel with a strong female lead, Destiny’s Gold.

You can pre-order your Kindle copy now. Click here.

SisterShip Magazine interviews New York sailor and emerging author Pamela Grimm to discover where she finds her inspiration and how the characters in Destiny’s Gold have a life of their own.’

Why write about the merchant marine instead of pirates? Surely they are more fun!
Aaargh! A pirate lives by his sword, but a trading captain has to live by her wits. That’s much more fun, I think! Captain Jane has to figure out how to get what she wants without pulling a weapon on anyone, in general. Not that she won’t channel her inner pirate if needed!
Pamela Grimm historical fiction author At SisterShip Press

Pamela Grimm historical fiction author of Destiny’s Gold

What makes historical fiction set in the 19th century so special?
The first half of the 19th century was a time of upheaval and change all over the world. In many ways, the rapid developments in technology and the political turmoil would be familiar to today’s readers. For Americans, the country was still growing and defending its territory while trying not to get involved in European affairs. Within, issues of slavery, expansion, and the role of government were hot buttons that everyone had to work around. Captain Jane is akin to today’s millennials, figuring out what she thinks about things and acting on her principles.
Destiny's Gold Historical Fiction great read

 

How important is research to you when writing a book?
Research is everything! I want to bring the reader into Jane’s world and make it feel familiar. The problems people were solving in Jane’s day laid the foundation for the world we live in today. Have you ever thought about how long it would actually take to raise the anchor on a 200-ton ship? Longer than you might imagine!

 

How realistic are your books?
Captain Jane and the Destiny are as realistic as I can make them. All of the events and places I reference are real, as are many of the people she encounters. Every now and then, I take liberties with time frames, but I strive to give the reader a realistic sense of the world in 1820.

 

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
Oh, my characters pretty much do what they want to do. They are constantly surprising me! I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. In general, I know what the central storyline will be, but how things play out is always a mystery until it happens. I find myself saying, “Oh really?” a lot when I am writing.

 

How much of yourself do you put into your books?
I confess, Captain Jane is my alter-ego. She pretty much does what I think I would do in most situations, although sometimes I have to shake my head at how obtuse she can be. That’s probably when she is being most like me.

 

Who would play Captain Jane in the movie?
If I could wave a magic wand, it would be a young Loreena McKennitt.

 

When can the readers expect your next book?
Soon! The Destiny is already headed out for a new adventure with Captain Jane and her loyal crew aboard. Look for the next volume in the series in 2019.
Wondering who the fourth member of our team is? All will be revealed soon. Stay tuned to SisterShip Press Pty Ltd Facebook page or this blog to be in the know!

Historical Fiction – Cover Reveal

We are proud to reveal the cover for Destiny’s Gold.

Destiny's Gold Historical Fiction

Pamela Grimm our newest author has created a story that will transport you straight to the decks of the schooner Destiny and onward to Russia, Sweden, Denmark and many other exciting destinations.

Captain Jane Thorn and her gritty and loyal crew will accompany you in the year 1820 on a voyage that’ll keep you turning pages late into the night!

You can pre-order the Kindle version right now! Click here.

REVIEW

“A spellbinding historical story with powerful characters.”
– Viki Moore, Board Member of Yachting New Zealand, freelance writer, sailor, and author of www.astrolabe.com

THE STORY

It is 1820 and a young, female sea captain sets sail aboard the schooner Destiny bound for the sugar plantations of Cuba and then on to the Baltic for iron.
Political intrigue and mystery dog the voyage, and those who underestimate the captain’s skill and business acumen do so at their peril.

This is historical, nautical fiction with a fresh new take. Destiny’s Gold author Pamela Grimm has created an indomitable female character and a storyline that keeps you guessing. Pamela combines her love of maritime history with experience as a commercial and recreational captain to bring to life the golden age of merchant sailing ships in the person of
Captain Jane Thorn and her loyal crew.

Introducing Captain Jane Thorn, the world’s newest maritime heroine.

Pamela Grimm, New York commercial skipper and author, signs up SisterShip Press Ltd Pty.

Combine four women from opposites sides of the globe but connected by their passion for writing and sailing and what do you get? The ingredients for a powerful maritime novel with a strong female lead, Destiny’s Gold.

Pamela Grimm Author SisterShip Press

Pamela Grimm

Author Pamela Grimm combines her love of maritime history with experience as a commercial and recreational captain, sailing the waters of eastern US, the west coast of Sweden, and from Norfolk to Bermuda, to create an indomitable female character and a storyline that keeps you guessing.

It is 1820, and a young female sea captain, Jane Thorn sets sail aboard the schooner Destiny bound for the sugar plantations of Cuba and then on to the Baltic for iron. Political intrigue and mystery dog the voyage. Captain Jane Thorn is feisty, fun, and smart. She deals with men who under-estimate her skill and business acumen at their peril. This is historical, nautical fiction with a fresh new take!

Riding the front of the ‘women on the water’ wave, the SisterShip Press team are commercially qualified skippers, sailors, and authors themselves. Emerging author Pamela Grimm and her novel Destiny’s Gold epitomise all that SisterShip stands for.

‘We just had to sign Pamela up,’ explains Jackie Parry, Co-Owner of SisterShip Press and SisterShip Magazine, ‘We read the manuscript and LOVED it!

Belinda Collins, Chief Editor for SisterShip Press adds, ‘Pamela tells such a strong story, with fascinating locations and of course a marvellous heroine’.

‘There’s nothing better than working with a publisher who loves all things sailing as much as I do! My book feels like it is in good hands with the women of SisterShip Press.’ says author Pamela Grimm.

Historical maritime fiction tends to continue the dominance of nautical culture by men, both as writers and their characters. Destiny’s Gold breaks with that tradition

When asked why she is drawn to the 1820s, author Pamela states, ‘The early 19th century was an exciting time of change politically, culturally, and technologically. The Age of Sail was coming to a close as steamships became safer and more economical to run, while global forces were upending centuries of tradition leading to the downfall of monarchies and the cruel institution of slavery. Writing about a woman who leads and innovates in the midst of those changes is an exciting challenge that combines the romance of tall ships at sea with my fascination for “how things were actually done” during that era. The research phase is in some ways the most rewarding and fun part of the writing process and allows me not only to recreate Jane’s world for the modern reader, but also to provide insight into just how people solved problems before the digital revolution.’

The first in the series, Destiny’s Gold is set to be released in December.

Facing Fears Head On

Drum roll if you please…

And the winners of the SisterShip Short Story Competition on ‘Fear’ are… well you will have to wait a couple more days until they are announced in October’s issue of SisterShip Magazine (out soon!). Of course, the winners will be emailed as the magazine goes live.

Many of the wonderful stories are being published in the anthology: Facing Fears Head On – True Stories from Women on the Water – available for pre-order right now!

Click here to purchase (ebook, paperback to follow soon!)

SisterShip Press Book launch

Description

A collection of inspirational and practical stories from women on the water.

Gasp, cry and laugh out loud as forty-six women from around the globe reveal their deepest fears and coping strategies while voyaging on (and in) the world’s waterways.

Experience a unique journey and witness the emotional turmoil that fear can create as dreams, and loved ones, are threatened.

These true tales of raw emotion and courage will help you tackle fear, cast off the lines, and take heart in knowing you are not alone.

Not just for women, men should read this too. If you want to take your partner sailing these stories are a remarkable insight into the minds of women as they unfold the secrets to help you – help them – love life at sea.

Facing your Fears – Meet Amazing Women

Short story competition reveals true Sheroes.

An anthology for women on the water coping with Fear.

Not only for women – Facing Your Fear will go a long way to help men peek into the workings of women’s brains and trains of thought.

Women Facing their Fears on board

Short Story Competition

When we launched the Facing Your Fear competition, we thought it would be nice to share other women’s stories. A large part of SisterShip’s ethos is, after all, Support. But we were not ready for the level of bare honesty, gritty determination, open soul, amusing, tragic, sad stories.

Most mornings I read a story (I am not a judge, they are highly regarded boat women and authors), I’d sit with my coffee (and beanie – it’s winter) and cry, laugh, and gasp – my husband often asking, ‘What’s wrong?’

Upcoming ‘Shining Stars’

Young women have picked up the pen as well. There is a lot of extraordinary talent about to burst onto the scenes (‘Shining Stars’ is our new locker in SisterShip Magazine).

Facing Your Fears Anthology will be available in October.

The collection of stories analyse fear, lay it bare; it’s dealt with, beaten, coped with, sometimes winning, but mostly losing.

Always Learning

I’ve learned so much. Not only about some extraordinary women, but about myself and my fears and coping mechanisms.

Our Facing Your Fear Competition is about to close (17th August), but perhaps you have a pet onboard…?

SisterShip short story competition pets