Ross Venner


Boats have been a part of my life since my earliest days. I still remember with affection the toy boats in my bath.

I learned to sail at school, and still remember the smell of new sawn timber from the woodwork shop and the excitement of seeing flat sheets of plywood bend to become something almost animated, a boat.

Smashwords Interview

Your first books are about boats and sailing - are these very important to you?
I've knocked around boats and harbours all my life. Yes, these things are important to me. It's among sailing folk, yachties and professionals I've found much of my life that has shaped me.
Well, if boats are important to you, what was your first boat?
She was a 10ft clinker lugsail dinghy built by Hampers of Fareham. We called her Sparrow - Brown small and lots more like her. Sadly sparrow are far less common in England today.
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 107,680. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
With the China and the USA bickering with each other and North Korea trying to exploit the conflict, the situation is becoming more precarious by the day. Retired Sydney accountant Warren Blake takes his wife and son on a cruise in the Pacific on his old gaff cutter yacht - Seakeeper. Voyage with the family through the newly precarious world and changed political realities at home and abroad.
Caroline's Sail
Price: Free! Words: 14,830. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Her modelling career was fading and Caroline knew it. She's already made it clear to George, her agent that she will not do topless or nude shoots and her choices are becoming limited. In fact she needs a proper job.

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Warren Emens
Latest book: Home Front. Published July 22, 2017. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Ross Venner

  • Against The Sea on Feb. 17, 2017

    This book is essentially the tales of two very different ships in very different situations and the honourable man who commands each of them. The first in the chaos of the Japanese invasion of China and the second in the war ravaged English Channel. The plots have the feel of authenticity and are vividly drawn, as are the many fascinating characters. This extends to the many Chinese characters who are developed sensitively and credibly rather than as token sketches, but the biggest characters are the ships. I but aside my own writing for two days to read this excellent book and commend it to anybody interested in ships and the sea.
  • Rigged for Murder on June 05, 2017

    I came to Rigged for Murder from an interest in sailing, rather than crime novels. The balance of the story tends more to the latter rather than the former and my competence to rate the police procedural aspect is limited, but the sailing scenes and the descriptions of the ship, Maine Wind were very good.
  • Simpson Woods on July 14, 2017

    A strange and thought provoking novella, brilliantly realised. Simpson Woods is a fascinating examination of reality, juvenile psychosis and jet something more.
  • Anodibe Whatkins on July 27, 2017

    Warren Emens novella is a closely drawn view of a troubled life, yet it manages to offer, at its conclusion, a tantalizing hint of salvation.
  • Rapide on Sep. 16, 2017

    Rapide (de havilland DH 89 - Rapide) encapsulates the twilight of the wood and fabric airliners which briefly pioneered the air routes of the world before their replacement by "modern" all metal aeroplanes. B J Miller's plot, particularly the journey to Australia, is wholly credible. By 1939, aircraft were largely reliable and adventure more likely to be had on the ground than in the air. That said, even today such a trip in a short ranged aircraft would be challenging. The aviation details are well drawn and suggest that the author is familiar with aviation of the period. A thoroughly enjoyable read.