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What inspired you to write Happy Bay?
"Our first trip to St. Martin was in 1999, and we visited Happy Bay on the second of what would become eleven visits to the Friendly Island. I was struck by the serenity of this particular beach, along with the daunting challenge of getting there.
In 2001, we stayed at an Orient Beach resort, where we met a waitress in a nearby pizza place who spoke impeccably in both French and English. Indeed, she could have easily fit in working a Côte D'Azur café or a truck stop outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Post 9/11, the travel industry suffered a mighty blow, and we found an incredible deal at the now defunct Mont Vernon hotel. I was intrigued with the layout of the place, and began photographing its architectural features on our second and third stays. In 2004, they began to allow nude sunbathing, and the story began to take form.
My wife is my muse for most of the female characters found in Happy Bay. She possesses both the natural beauty of Sandy, and the fiery temper and occasional wild side of her nemesis Cindy. Many of the chapters contain actual instances from our lives together; especially ones that took place on St. Martin. Of course, many other scenes are completely fictional.
I began writing the story in 2004 during a layoff from my day job, and would periodically set it aside to let it percolate until a flood of ideas and inspiration marked its completion and publication.
I am very proud of this work. It brings so many emotions to mind, and I believe it contains something for everyone. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I did writing Happy Bay."
About the Author
T. Stelma is a native of Michigan, who earned a B.A. in Media Production from Wayne State University after spending many years traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada performing with National Acts (as well as lesser known groups). Along with his first novel, he has produced two albums and two short films since those days of wanderlust. T unsurprisingly developed a love of travel during those years, and has combined his entertainment experiences with journeys to exotic destinations to create Happy Bay. T continues to pursue his love of performing and writing in Michigan with his wife, two daughters, and dog Wilma. Part novel, part travelogue, and part inspirational story, Happy Bay is the first in a trilogy set mostly in St. Martin; the destination of choice for both he and his wife.
Top customer reviews
Love this book ( because I know the author! ). Great story about a place I love well... the islands of the Caribbean.
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about a place I had been