Monday, April 18, 2011

Dan Walsh's "The Deepest Waters"

We're happy to have Dan Walsh with us today talking about his book The Deepest Waters.  To learn more about Dan and his book, read on!

Title: The Deepest Waters
Publisher: Revell (division of Baker Publishing Group)

Cover blurb:
For John and Laura Foster, what began as a fairytale honeymoon in 1857 aboard the steamship SS Vandervere soon becomes a nightmare. A terrible hurricane strikes and the grand ship is lost in the murky depths of the Atlantic. Laura is rescued by a small ship sailing by, but there’s only room for the women and children. Believing her John is lost but still daring to hope for a miracle, Laura must face the possibility of life alone in New York City with a family she has never met. Award-winning author Dan Walsh skillfully tells an epic story of hope, faith, and love through an intimate lens. Inspired by real events.

1) How did this story come to you?
I had just finished my second novel, The Homecoming, and was praying about what the third book should be. I watched this fascinating documentary on the History Channel about a paddlewheel steamship called the SS Central America, which sank after a hurricane in September, 1857. It was as big a news story as the Titanic at the time. Tons of gold went to the bottom of the sea, along with over 400 souls. Among the few survivors there was this honeymoon couple who thought they had been parted forever in the midst of the storm. How this couple survived and the way they were reunited was nothing short of miraculous. I thought, surely someone has written a novel about this. I checked. No one had.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
After reading the manuscripts for my first two novels, my publisher (Revell) was interested in building more of a long-term relationship. They invited me to put together a 3-book proposal. The Deepest Waters is the first of those three books. The second is Remembering Christmas, coming out in September. At the time, I didn’t have a 5th book in mind, but they gave me the 3-book deal anyway. Since then, I did come up with another idea, which they loved. I’m just finishing that book now, called The Discovery. We’re also finishing up another 3-book deal (this time I had ideas for all 3 books and they loved all 3).

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
In high school, I was a long-haired surfer bum (actually wore a surfer shirt and baggies under my graduation robe on graduation day). I love the revival of the old standard love songs from the 40’s and 50’s (from guys like Michael Buble). I love dogs, especially our two mini-aussies. My son (20) says it’s a bit over-the-top.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m presently writing my 6th book, this one for Guideposts, part of a new book series they’re doing for their book club members. It’s called the Miracles of Marble Cove (fans of Jan Karon’s Mitford books would love this series). And I’m already beginning to research my 6th novel for Revell, which won’t come out until 2012.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for the opportunity to connect with your readers. Look forward to hearing any comments from them (and feel free to ask other questions, if you’d like).

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. I enjoyed reading the interview about you, Dan and learning things about you. The book sounds quite interesting. Please enter me in the drawing


  2. This sounds so interesting--I love history woven into detail. Would love to win!

    Danielle Thorne
    danithorne at yahoo dot com

  3. I don't think my previous comment went through. :) Sounds wonderful, would love to win!

    danithorne at yahoo dot com

  4. Sounds like a good book, would love to win it. If not will put on my wish list. The Deepest Waters sounds like deep walking with the Lord. Sounds great. Juanita W

  5. Looks as though I'm first here! I hope it's lucky, please enter me. I'm a subscriber by email and gfc. dancealert at aol dot com

  6. I want to read this book!! it sounds like it has some suspense in it and romance...those are two of my favorite things to read about!

  7. This plot sounds mysterious enough, then I find out it's based on real events which is even better. Sounds like one I would enjoy & I'd love to win a copy. Thanks so much for writing books about faith in the Lord.

  8. This looks like a great book. I would love to read it!

    laurelprincess12 (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Haven't read any of this genre by male authors but would love to read this. It sounds great!

    Already subscribed via email.


  10. would love to read this book...thanks for the opportunity

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. That sounds like a wonderful book! I loved his book the Homecoming! martha(at)lcink(dot)com

  12. I really enjoy historical fiction, especially when it's based on a real event. This sounds really good. I would love to read the book.
    dlarock at wolfenet dot com

  13. Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'll throw this in for free...Even if you don't win, my 2nd novel is available on Kindle and the Nook for free this month. Even if you don't own a Kindle, they have a free app that will allow you to read it on any computer or Ipad.

    It rec'd 4.5 Stars from Romantic Times (it's a love story).


  14. i love dans books, please enter me in the contest thank you Carol q

  15. I haven't had time to read "The Deepest Waters" yet, but I know I will enjoy it. I've actually been studying quite extensively about the Titanic, and the next thing I want to study is other similar shipwrecks. This would be the perfect book to start with.

    I enjoyed the interview! Would love to win the book.

  16. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

    I am an email subscriber

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  17. this is on my "to read" list. i'd love to win it!


  18. Dan Walsh writes amazing books and, I'm sure The Deepest Waters is also amazing.

  19. i think the books based in true stories are nothing short of fascinating. i'm so glad you wrote this couple's story, dan! now for the chance to read it....

    the character therapist
    charactertherapist (at) hotmail (dot) com

  20. Your subject sounds amazing. I love the ways God gives ideas (and sensitive listening people pick up what He's saying.) Would love to have and read this book. Thanks for putting my name in the mix. Delores Topliff

  21. Thanks everyone for responding. I used a random number generator (thought that would be the fairest way to pick a winner).

    Surprisingly, it chose #1. So the winner is...

    Jo! I'll try to email you, but if it doesn't go through, email me using my contact page on my website, and a signed copy will be on its way.