Introducing my first e-book!
MARINER'S CLUB MIXTAPE
In the Spring of 2015, I was approached by a new publishing company out of Canada called Ponies + Horses about writing a personal essay for a compilation called "6 of 1 Travel." One of the publishers, Aefa Mulholland, was familiar with my work as we had both contributed to the same outlets in the past. I could write about whatever I wanted, she explained, as long as it was a true story and travel-related. The catch was, I had to decide fast if I was in and I would have to turn around my essay in just a few weeks. I said yes.
I've long wanted to write about my years working as an entertainer / Assistant Cruise Director for Princess Cruises in the late 80's and early 90's but how to focus all that time into one essay? I decided to approach it like a mixtape. I would pick a pop song that takes me pack to a certain experience or person from that time in my life and tell the story that goes with it.
The result is a mini e-book called "Mariner's Club Mixtape,"
In Mariner's Club Mixtape, Hollywood writer, performer, filmmaker Dennis Hensley puts together a mixtape that soundtracks a flotilla of romances and relationships, friendships and first times, hookups and letdowns from his five years working as an entertainer on cruise ships in the '80's and '90's. From a one-night stand in Hong Kong to stowing away for love in British Columbia to surviving Alaska, Dennis recounts his adventures, with a little help from George Michael, Janet Jackson and, of course, Madonna.
I was a little raw and vulnerable when I wrote it and that comes out in the text, I think. But I'm really glad that I did it, that I'm now part of the e-book universe and I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to send a literary valentine to the people who made up one of the most formative and exciting times of my life.
You can buy the book by clicking on the cover or by clicking HERE or on the cover.