What do you get when you cross a librarian with a man who loved ships, books, maps, and words like “sesquipedalian”?

Did you guess “woman, white, probably American, likes to go barefoot”? Come on, you’re just looking at the photo.

If you guessed “a book-loving writer who loves to travel and used to go to sea with the British Merchant Navy,” then you have an amazing gift, my friend, and should be able to make good money on a quiz show.

A few things you might not have guessed:

Years ago, I lived in England for long enough to acquire an accent.  Unfortunately it’s a blend of West Country, Scouse, and Cockney, with a few posh vowels thrown in at random. I’m rubbish at accents. I can’t even do a Californian accent properly, and I was born here.

I’ve also lived in Japan. I can still say “Where are the toilets?” and “I don’t understand.”

I write mystery novels and travel memoirs. Some of them have been published. You can read about them here.

I once spent six hours fending off amorous Italians in Milano Centrale station, but that could have happened to anyone. It’s probably happening to someone else right now.

Yes, it’s true about the British Merchant Navy. I’ll be writing about that soon.

I hope you enjoy what you read here and want to come back.

Meanwhile, I’ll be reading and/or working on another book. I think that the librarian and her sesquipedalian husband would approve.

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