The first part of the trip included a cruise. I was able to give a talk onboard about How to Write a Novel You’re Passionate About. I had quite a few attendees--some of whom I learned later were hoping to learn more about writing and selling nonfiction. I did get some excellent comments and questions that led me to believe people enjoyed my workshop. In addition, I sold some books in the ship’s boutique. The one that did best was, unsurprisingly, my Harlequin Nocturne entitled Alaskan Wolf!
In ports, in addition to the delightful time I had sightseeing, I visited bookstores, signed copies of my books that they carried, talked to personnel and gave them bookmarks, and had a really delightful time.
Some of the places I visited that seemed especially inspirational to me included
One of my favorite things was a visit to Husky Homestead, where Alaskan huskies are raised for the Iditarod. There, we got to help socialize puppies by hugging them, as well as hearing about how the dogs are raised and trained. The first pup I got to hold was one vocal, active guy who enjoyed chewing my hair and licking my face. We also saw several other facilities where Iditarod dogs are raised.