© 2013 Clive Eaton
Brief Synopsis: The Great Hurricane of 1780
For the last three years I had the opportunity to write and compile a comprehensive book called ‘The Great Hurricane of 1780.’ This book is based on this great storm’s impact on the Caribbean and North America. This storm remains the greatest and deadliest North Atlantic Hurricane on record killing over 22,000 persons, however some historians have put the death toll as high as 27,500. This storm was significant for the United States of America because this storm had a major impact on the outcome on the American War of Independence. This storm occurred in the peak of the American War of Independence so many ships were out at sea battling for control of the Caribbean and North America. Many of these ships were caught at sea during this storm (and two other very destructive Caribbean storms all occurring during the month of October of 1780) not knowing a massive storm was approaching and many persons perished onboard these ships. Had this storm not decimated the British fleet fighting this battle, the United States of America would have had still been under control of the British and not the independent country we know today. This storm also devastated many islands in the Caribbean, including Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Eustatius and Barbados.
What do you do to relax when you are not writing?
When I am not writing I am busy being a weather forecaster at the Department of meteorology where I have worked for the last 22 years I am also a scuba diver in my spare time.
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
Dr. Myles Munroe who encouraged me to pursue my purpose.
What or who inspired you to write your current novel?
While writing my past books the impact of this hurricane on the Caribbean and the Americas always came up and so after researching this hurricane I realized the great impact that this storm had on the region so I felt compelled to write this book.
Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.
1) This hurricane changed the course of the American Revolution when this hurricane destroyed many of the British warships.
2) The Great Hurricane of 1780, also known as Hurricane San Calixto II, was one of the most powerful and deadliest North Atlantic hurricanes on record. It is often regarded as a cataclysmic hurricane. Its worst effects were experienced on October 10, 1780. This storm perhaps was generated in the mid-Atlantic, not far from the Equator and it was first felt in Barbados where just about every tree and house on this island was blown down. The official death toll was approximately 22,000 persons but some historians have put the death toll as high as 27,500 persons.
3) Starting from Barbados, it killed over 4,000 persons where neither trees nor dwellings were left standing, it caused the English fleet anchored off St. Lucia to disappear and completely ravaged this island, where 6000 persons were crushed under the ruins. After this, the whirlwind tending toward Martinique, enveloped a convoy of French transports, and sunk more than 40 ships carrying 4000 soldiers; on land, the town of St. Pierre and other places were completely devastated, and 9000 persons perished there. More to the north, Dominique, St. Eustatius, St. Vincent and Porto Rico were likewise devastated and most of the vessels which were on the path of the cyclone foundered, with all their crews. Beyond Porto Rico, the hurricane bent to the north-east, toward the Bermudas and though its violence had gradually diminished, it sunk several English warships returning to Europe.
What research did you need to do for this book?
I travelled to Barbados and Martinique National Archives and did an extensive amount of research in several other libraries in the United States and the Caribbean.
Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.
I am presently writing two books called 1)“The Greatest and Deadliest Hurricanes of the Caribbean and the Americas.” 2) “The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1929-The story of the Greatest Hurricane of the 20th century”
What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?
Well this book is an academic book so I had to make sure check and re-check information and research materials
What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?
A cup of coffee or green tea.
What prompted you to self-publish your current book?
Could not find a publisher so decide to self publish.
What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?
1)finding information about this hurricane.
2)editing the book to fit the allotted pages.
3)checking for errors.
Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?
Relaxing and putting it down and go out and watch a movie
What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?
Go for it and believe in yourself.
What genre does your book fall into?
How did you get interested in this specific genre?
It is related to my job as a meteorologist.
You as a reader
Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1) James Patterson - his books are great
2) Myles Munroe - his books are simply amazing
3) Dr. Gail Saunders - her books on Bahamian history are awesome
What was your favourite book as a child?
The Hardy Boys
What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Hollywood is calling
You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?
Denzel Washington or Will Smith because they always brings justice to their roles they play.
The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?
Drink – Pepsi
Meal – crack conch
Holiday destination – Andros
TV programme – Matlock
Film – GI JOE
Method of travel – car
Sport – wrestling
How can people connect with you?
Facebook: Wayne Neely
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