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The Florida Writer Podcast

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Oct 21, 2023

Story collector Dr. Paul Thornton joins host Alison Nissen on the Florida Writer Podcast to chat about his writing journey and favorite pastime, cruising. He collects other people's stories and shares them in his The Joy of Cruising Trilogy.

He explains that at age 58, during an impromptu speech, he noticed the burden of his “harrowing brush with death, journey of recovery from trauma, resilience and ultimately transformation” was lifting, and his provocatively titled memoir White Man’s Disease was born.

Paul’s memoir is described as “Gripping and inspiring” and won the North Street Book Prize. He followed that up with a trilogy of creative nonfiction cruise books. Despite their very different subjects, at the heart of White Man’s Disease and The Joy of Cruising Trilogy is passion and how passionate people do wondrous things. He now shares his love with others in The Joy of Cruising Podcast.