I have been the director of the Adventure Writer's Competition, sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector's Society, since its inception. I have had the privilege of connecting with, and receiving manuscripts from around the world. My advice to everyone has been consistent over the years, and that is to find a topic you are passionate about and - write. That passion will no doubt flow outwards in your work, and be evident on the pages. Never, I repeat, never give up.