In June 1998, McClure set out to row across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in a twenty-three-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail. Within days she lost all communication with shore, but nevertheless she decided to keep going. Not only did she lose the sound of a friendly voice, she lost updates on the location of the Gulf Stream and on the weather. Unfortunately for Tori, 1998 is still on record as the worst hurricane season in the North Atlantic. In a thrilling story of high adventure and romantic quest entitled A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, Tori McClure shares that the most important thing in life is not to prove you are superhuman but to fully to embrace your own humanity. The author currently serves as the vice president for external relations, enrollment management, and student affairs at Spalding University. Her firsts include being the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic and to ski overland to the South Pole. She has worked as a chaplain at Boston City Hospital and for Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She appears as part of the Journeys Author Series.