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#GuestPost--> I Guess We Missed the Boat by Barry Finlay

Thank you Nikita, for giving me the opportunity to discuss my new book, I Guess We Missed the Boat.  It was fun to write and I’m happy that it’s starting to gain some success, having just won an award in the Travel category from Reader Views.

I Guess We Missed the Boat is my second book, following Kilimanjaro and Beyond.  In both cases, I wrote what I lived so the writing process went pretty quickly.  The first book was the story of my climb of Mount Kilimanjaro at age 60 with my son and our subsequent efforts to bring clean water and educational opportunities to a small community in Tanzania, Africa. After the climb, although I didn't think of it at the time, it was really a book waiting to be written.   
I Guess We Missed the Boat came out of a number of trips my wife and I have taken around the world with her sisters and a cousin and their spouses. All of our travel companions are characters and we have had a lot of laughs on our journeys. It may be surprising to some that in-laws have travelled together many times and are still willing to do so. We actually enjoy each other’s company and have managed collectively and individually to find ourselves in various situations on our travels, often with what I believe, are amusing consequences.
It occurred to me that others would be able to relate to some of our stories and that they would find them amusing as well. There can never be enough humour in our lives. Besides that, I wanted to immortalize our adventures. Pictures may be worth a thousand words but they don’t tell the story behind the story. So, I Guess We Missed the Boat was born. 

The book focuses on a gathering of our group in Miami where we are waiting for our next flight departure and reminiscing about some of the things that have happened. The stories come fast and furious as we discuss trips to Europe, Africa, Hawaii, northern Canada, the Caribbean, etc. by pretty well every mode of transportation imaginable.  Various mishaps and funny situations arise in every location. As Carol Burnett said, “Comedy is tragedy plus time.” Our situations weren't tragic but they have probably improved with age.

I think the book will appeal to a wide audience.  For anyone looking for a light read and a good laugh, reviewers have indicated that I Guess We Missed the Boat accomplishes that goal.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I wrote it because things that amuse people vary widely and can even change in individuals from day-to-day, depending on the mood.  I was gratified when the positive reviews started coming. A typical review was headed, Hilarious at times - a recommended read for those wanting a good laugh.”

I believe that anyone who has travelled will be able to relate to the stories and it will probably bring back fond memories of their own experiences. Some of the stories have encouraged readers to add the locales to their own future travel plans. I have tried to paint a picture of the various locations we have visited so that those who have not been fortunate to travel may just come away with the feeling they were there with us.  Finally, for those who feel they need a little inspiration, I try to encourage the reader to give just a little bit back to the locals each time they travel, even if it’s just a tube of toothpaste and respect.  

I’m now embarking on a new adventure.  I guess you can call me a “genre jumper” but I’m writing a suspense novel. The manuscript is done and review copies have been sent to a few readers.  The working title of the book is The vanishing Wife and it will be available in early 2015.  

I would just like to add one final thought. When I was thinking of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, I asked my brother, who was suffering from cancer and passed away the same year, what he thought. His response to me was, “If it’s something you want to do, you should do it!” It inspired me to do the climb and write about it. I offer the same advice about writing. When I’m doing book signings, many people comment that they have often thought of writing a book and I always give them the same response my brother gave me. Many of our ancestor’s stories have been lost because they didn't have the means to immortalize them in writing. We have the opportunity to leave behind a legacy.  I would encourage anyone who wants to tell their story to do so, even if it’s just for the family.

Meet the Author:

After over thirty years working with the Canadian federal government, Barry Finlay took his life in a different direction and climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro at age 60 with his son Chris. The climb and their fundraising efforts to help kids in Tanzania led to the award winning book, Kilimanjaro and Beyond (A Life-Changing Journey). Barry has since been named to the Authors Show’s list of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.”

His most recent book, I Guess We Missed the Boat was named the 2013-14 winner in the Travel category by Reader Views.

He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for his philanthropic work in Africa.

Barry lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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Buy The Vanishing Wife from:
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