Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and seventy-seventh, is of non-fiction memoirist and interviewee Carol Anita Ryan. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Carol Anita Ryan always wanted to be an anthropologist and / or a travel writer, but to actually earn a living she had a career in Information Technology. She pursued her other interests by traveling extensively, for example traveling with a friend overland by public transport from Europe to Sikkim—more than once—in the 1970s. Her last traveling adventure (sailing across the South Pacific on a 36 foot sailboat) is the basis for her memoir, Right Now Is Perfect. This story concludes with the unexpected diagnosis of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and the subsequent impact of progressing disability. She now lives with the help of caregivers in northern California with her poodle, Napoleon.
And now from the author herself:
When I left Seattle to sail across the Pacific in 1995, I took with me an Apple laptop and a then state-of-the-art solar panel, with which I intended to write a voyage inspired mystery novel. Our sailboat, Velela, was a wonderful boat but it was only 36 feet long and it was built for racing in the north Atlantic—not at all for transporting four adults across the Pacific, let alone providing power for writing on a laptop. We did make it from Mexico to New Zealand after seven months, but the solar panel didn’t keep my laptop running and the mystery novel was not written. Other things about the picturesque voyage did not go as planned either. After leaving the boat in New Zealand I always hoped to write about the sailing adventure, but as often happens, once I returned to work as a computer programmer in Seattle, I was distracted.
Two years after the sailing trip I was diagnosed with primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. After fifty years of good health and fitness it was a shock—one that still puzzles me. In 2004 I was forced to go on disability from my work, so I decided it was time to write about the Pacific trip. I worked with a writing coach for several years and the process was interrupted due to a few falls and some broken bones. Finally in late 2010 I published the book, Right Now Is Perfect.
I’ve been marketing my book and writing blogs (see www.RightNowIsPerfect.com) ever since. I intend to write a novel about Fiji one of these days.
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