For the next few months, Tuesdays on my blog will feature one of my fellow Martin Sisters Publishing authors. There are a bunch of us, and we all write in various genres, so enjoy the fun stuff included in these posts and maybe even check out the MSP website.
Today’s feature is Slipping the Cable by Bill Schweigart.
Bill Schweigart’s writing career began in college when he won a writing competition and a check for a hundred bucks. From then on “the hook was set,” as he casually uses nautical terms to describe the moment he knew he wanted to be a novelist. Years later, after graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, it was on a cutter (an ocean-going ship) where Bill’s first story was born—Slipping The Cable. The author was offered a publishing contract in early 2012 by Martin Sisters Publishing, LLC.
Schweigart’s story follows Kelly Sensor, the Coast Guard cutter Sentinel’s newest junior as he navigates the ship’s political structure dominated by his vengeful Captain Aregood. Sensor and Aregood’s battle of wills escalates until it puts the Sentinel on a collision course with disaster. When Sensor hopes to escape to Key West, paradise quickly becomes a dead end when Captain Aregood pursues him.
Although it’s hard to remember exactly when the story hit him, Schweigart says it most likely happened while he was seasick.
“Being at sea was incredible, except when conditions made me wish I was somewhere else,” Schweigart said. “That’s how Slipping The Cable was born—during those times I wished to be somewhere else.”
Schweigart let the story simmer for a couple of years before sitting down to tap it out on a keyboard. Finding time to write wasn’t easy for Schweigart. His busy work schedule only allowed him to devote time to writing on the weekends. Now, Schweigart writes a little every day and is working on another novel: The Beast of Barcroft, a story about a wooded Washington, DC suburb being attacked by “something.”
Schweigart, a New Jersey native, who now works for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection, lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Kate and daughter Sidney.
Visit Bill’s website to find out more about upcoming venues and dates for book signings and book launch events: www.billschweigart.com Print and e-versions of Slipping The Cable, can be found at www.martinsisterspublishing.com as well as other online and bricks and mortar book stores wherever books are sold.
Information about the book and the author can also be found at the publisher’s website: www.martinsisterspublishing.com