Well, honestly it’s been out for about a month now, but that’s still fairly recent.
There are several things that inspired me to write this, but the main thing was something that kept nagging at me. A place where we vacation up in Maine, is a site to an old B-52 crash site. Each time I’ve walked through the debris of aircraft parts it got my brain spinning; what if this was something my main character, Fisher Shoemaker came across many years later? It could be turned into a really great adventure story! So that’s what I did, step by step, little by little, I evolved an adventure story revolving around that plane crash.
What is my favorite part of the book? I would have to say where the kids are bombing around in the woods in an old Army Surplus Jeep. That’s something I did as a kid when I was working as a camp counselor. My bunk-mate had an old drab olive Army jeep without a muffler, and on our days off we’d explore all the logging roads throughout the woods. Great memories!
Hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Here’s Luke with his cereal-box book report on The Boat Thief. Thanks Luke!!
Kids, send us your photos just like Luke and we’ll send you an ebook copy of Fisher’s next adventure when it’s finished later this spring called Screeches of Midnight. Just message us on the Boat Thief Facebook page where to send your photo.
How did author MD Lee create the story, The Boat Thief? Watch the short interview as he reveals a few tidbits about the writing of his new book. The interview takes place at Marianne Photography studio in Newport Rhode Island.
All is Lost; a simple movie about a simple sailor crossing the ocean by himself when things go wrong.
This is one of those stories that, in the end, has me asking a lot of questions; what if he put up his storm sail before he shaved? Could he have done a better repair job? Could I have done a better repair job given the conditions? This is how an intriguing movie should be. Something that makes you think and ask questions the next day.
We know very little about Robert Redford’s character as the sailor. But; being a sailor myself, I know the boat, an older Cal-38 which is tired and getting on in years, is typically going to be owned by someone who is not a super-star ocean-crossing survivalist sailor. He’s just a “Joe Sailor”.
Joe Sailor is a person who’s not always going to be up on all the maintenance and doesn’t always know everything about sailing. He knows enough. He’s a casual sailor. And Robert Redford, the actor, nails the part as a Joe Sailor. But my curiosity questions; did he nail the part because in real life he isn’t a sailor and therefore his fumbling’s made him seem more like a real-life Joe Sailor? OR…as an actor, was that exactly what he was targeting the part to come across as? I’d love to know! (R.R. You want to answer this one?)
As a sailor myself, there were many scenes that had me at the edge of my seat…literally. I know what dangers he was in and what the consequences might be. But I’m curious if non-sailors are all but lost because they don’t know the reasons why he’s doing things and what’s probably going to happen. Or are they just entertained by the simple man against sea story telling? Either way, for the sailor it’s a must see, and if you’re a Robert Redford fan, it’s also a must see.