Author Robert “Bob” Love is taking his latest book, Destiny’s Voyage: SS Atlantic, Titanic of 1873 on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is – with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Robert “Bob” Love and Destiny’s Voyage: SS Atlantic, Titanic of 1873 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!
OP: Tell us a little bit about Destiny’s Voyage: SS Atlantic, Titanic of 1873. What is it about?
Bob: This book provides two stories. One involving the circumstances of destiny not in just the souls aboard the first of the White Star Line luxury steamship but the vessel herself. The companion story is one of historical significance, including the record of the Board of Trade hearings in Nova Scotia and Liverpool, England. Taken from ancient transcripts, the reader can apply their own judgment as to the cause of this disaster and provide themselves with the history of the world’s worst non-military sea disaster prior to the RMS Titanic in 1912 and the correlation between the two under “like father, like son”.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Bob: This book started as a family genealogy when my then ten-year-old great grandmother came to America. In 1959, my great grandmother agreed to record her story but passed away before it could be done. My mother had many , so I was going to use them, but I was in law enforcement at the time and could not devote the time. In 1981 I lost my mother, so I shelved the project until in Alaska in the mid-1980s. I looked at the story involving my great-great-grandfather being aboard the SS Atlantic when she went down. I was working with Lloyds of London and making trips to England, so I started new research. Having discovered the original transcripts in the maritime archives in London, I started the new direction of destiny as there are stories of passengers, crew and the ship that made this theme so interesting.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Bob: The publisher released the book in 2006. Unfortunately, my wife was terminal with cancer. She passed away on Christmas Eve 2007. I had never examined the book until a critic identified some mistakes. I discovered a lot of major mistakes in the editing. It took me two years to convince the publisher of their liability for the errors. They finally made corrections and reprinted in 2009. I still wasn’t satisfied with the book, so did nothing about marketing until I published my last book with Outskirts Press and decided to have Destiny’s Voyage reborn. It is an excellent history and the most complete one published about this tragic event. I am now ninety and want to see a quality book to chronicle this historical event of April 1, 1873.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Bob: Those in the maritime industry and anyone interested in a narrative non-fiction story about destiny and struggles of those souls who aimed to be new pioneers to the United States. The book would also provide a good historical rendition for school students in grades 8-12.
OP: What is special about your book?
Bob: A labor of love? From inception in 1959 until the current and best release of Destiny’s Voyage by Outskirts Press, it has been 64 years.
OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Bob: To my knowledge, it is the only complete treatment of this disaster. There have been other good books published about specific events or underwater photographs, but Destiny’s Voyage is a chronicle of history covering the manufacturing of the vessel to her horrific demise and to stories of documented affairs of her passengers and crew.
OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?
Bob: Outskirts Press published my last book, Peg Leg Annie. With my age in consideration, I’m not certain if I am able to finish a few other projects I have started. I must wrap up Treaties on Government and finish writing a fiction novel called “The Bridge”. I will crank out as many stories as possible. I informed my children that I would be running late for my funeral because I needed to finish the last chapter.
Bob: By going on-line to your favorite bookstore or direct to www.outskirtspress.com/destinysvoyage or to me at www.rwboblove.wordpress.com You can e-mail me or contact through social media sites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
OP: Thanks for your time, Bob! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bob Love started out life in the small Idaho desert town of Mountain Home, Idaho USA. The nation was trying to recover from the “Great Depression”. Bob’s father became a deputy sheriff in 1938. In 1943, the Army Air Corps created Mountain Home Air Force Base as the line of defense in the anticipated Japanese attack through Alaska and Canada. It was then the Deputy became the Sheriff. Rather than shielding his young son Sheriff Love took Bob on many of the traumatic events including military air crashes and serious vehicle accidents, ingraining the underlying respect for human trauma and the need of public service. Bob acquired his thirst for journalism when he became editor of his high school newspaper. He went on to pursue the vocation, but the Korean War draft interrupted his goals. After his service in the Air Force Bob fell back on the foundations of his youth, becoming his family’s fourth generation police officer rising to a Chief of Police position. He transitioned into a career as an independent insurance adjuster which spanned over 45 years serving Alaska. It was near this career change that he realized the relative chain of events that led to many of the cases he investigated. Bob wrote “E=A Syndrome” (Emotion Equals Attitude) about the positive and negative emotions that affect our attitudes setting up disastrous results. As an adjuster and marine surveyor in the Last Frontier he investigated hundreds of aircraft, vessels, vehicles, and industrial accidents. Prior to commuter air improvements, as a pilot, he flew alone to many of the Alaskan bush losses. In 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil spill presented he and his wife Bev’s firm with the responsibility to administer the claims arising from the spill cleanup activities. Exxon also commissioned them to handle the off-hiring surveys of the 2500-chartered vessels. A studious interest in Situational Awareness concepts gave Bob further insight into his beliefs and when he applied it to the history of the SS Atlantic, pre-destiny was clearly inscribed on her hull. Retired, Bob and Bev, along with their Bishon, Baby Boy, lived in Anchorage, Alaska when this book was first printed in 2006. As a licensed adjuster, Bev worked alongside Bob managing and owning their own firms for over 43 years… On Christmas Eve 2007, Bev lost her long and arduous battle with metastatic internal melanoma cancer. Bob and Baby Boy traveled in the west with their fifth wheel and now live with his childhood friend and Air Force widow, Patricia and their Bishon, Murphy in Boise, Idaho.
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