Interview with Jean Wolfrum

What's the story behind your latest book?
It is an adventure story about a couple sailing from the US to do a transatlantic circle for a year and a half covering the Bahamas, Bermuda, Azores, Portugal, Spain, Madeira, Canary Islands and the whole Caribbean and back to the US. It was the husband's dream come true but not so much for the wife. She tells a candid story from her perspective of leaving everything and everybody behind and how she overcame her fears of sailing on the ocean alone on a 35 foot sailboat. She also talks about how two people can survive a relationship in 350 square feet. It is a wonderful story about the adventures and all the many countries, places and people met along the way. The story also wants to share the food dishes that resulted in tasting all the different local ingredients and local fish and spices along the way. Jean has complied 95 of her own recipes from all the different places traveled and some she has acquired before that. This book is called "The Floating Gourmet" and entices people to not only travel but to experience gourmet cooking along the way. Why not have it both?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My love of photography and cooking motivated me to do both and share this with other people that are interested also. These are my passions and both are a creative outlet of my personality. Never having written a book before, I thought this might be the answer to getting my feet wet. I have been published for magazine articles one on Nursing and one for Cruising magazine but not a book. I also think you can reach more people this way and start a name for yourself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me it is an accomplishment that I produced. It is hard to get started writing and difficult to maintain, but seeing a finished product is self satisfaction. The icing on the cake is if someone else likes it too.
What audience are you writing to?
This book is not limited to cruisers or "foodies". Although it will get the attention of that audience, however, it is also for anyone interested in reading adventure stories. What we did most people dream about and never get the chance to take an adventure like this. Traveling people now know that you don't have to "camp" while traveling by boat or RV, you can have all the luxurious food you want to eat at the same time. We give talks to sailing communities about our trip and they are amazed that first of all we pulled it off without being retired but opened up the possibilities of traveling in style and not very expensive either. So yes, cruisers, travel people and "foodies" are the biggest draw. On the other hand, who would not want to read an adventure story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly hanging out with our dogs Stella the lab and Riley the schnauzer. We did not sail with them but acquired them after. I love to golf and we race our J80 in the summer on Lake Michigan. We love to hike which we did on our trip. We hiked Europe for many miles in a day up beautiful mountains in Madeira and Canary Islands even when there was no real trail to follow. I started painting oils on canvas and hope to pursue that interest further. We are encouraging our granddaughters in sailing and one will be starting the junior sailing club next summer. You will find me cooking a new recipe just about everyday.
Published 2014-11-20.
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Books by This Author

The Floating Gourmet - How To Cook On The Move
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,470. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Gourmet, Nonfiction » Travel » Cruises
This is a travel/cook book describing a once in a lifetime cruising journey across the Atlantic ocean to Europe and back again. You will read about how to cook gourmet meals at sea in a galley kitchen. This is a close and personal adventure experiencing all the wonders and joys of life on a boat and the problems of breaking down both boat and people. Maybe make your own journey and eat gourmet.