Author Archives: Christine Kling

About Christine Kling

I have spent more than thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the waters of the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. I’ve written articles and stories for many boating publications including Sailing, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, and The Tiller and the Pen. When I was married, I helped my husband build a 55-foot custom sailing yacht. After launching her, we sailed through the Panama Canal to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where we chartered for over two years. While in the islands, I received my 100-ton Auxiliary Sail Captains license. It was that sailing experience that led me to set my first nautical suspense novel, SURFACE TENSION (2002), on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, the first book was followed by CROSS CURRENT (2004) and BITTER END (2005). The fourth book in the series, WRECKERS’ KEY was released in February 2007. At the end of the 2010-11 academic year, I took the motto of this blog to heart. I quit my day job as an English professor at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale (just when they offered me tenure, I said no thanks and took early retirement). I am living the dream of full-time cruising on board my 33-foot Caliber Talespinner on my very tiny pension and whatever I can make from my books. I’ve gone Indie, parting ways with the big publishing establishment, and I recently published two books on my own: a small collection of four short stories entitled SEA BITCH: Four Tales of Nautical Noir and my first stand-alone sailing thriller set in the Caribbean, CIRCLE OF BONES.

Be Careful What You Wish For

  As a part of this research trip through Europe, we are also visiting friends and family and we have spent the last 3 days visiting Wayne’s cousin who lives in Biel, Switzerland. We need to move on to Rome … Continue reading

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From traveled path to plot

by Christine Kling The imagination is a a thing of wonder. As writers we laugh at the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” but really when you think about it, it is a bit like magic. Why does the … Continue reading

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The years melt away

by Christine Kling Having lived the life of a cruising sailor for many years, and later become a professional writer, I became a delinquent correspondent. It is perhaps easier for those people who live in the same place and work … Continue reading

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Living history

by Christine Kling I never liked history classes much. That’s a bit ironic now as I am writing this series of thrillers that are marbled through with rich veins of history. And in order to write them, I find myself … Continue reading

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Why do we call it research?

by Christine Kling You know what I mean? It seems as though the word research means to search all over again. So here I am on Day 4 in Malta where I have come to do research for the third … Continue reading

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Tick, tock

Me with Wayne and our friend Genna high atop Pic Paradis on St. Maarten in the Caribbean. by Christine Kling Okay, so I’ve blown my blog deadline again. I always try to get my blogs posted by 3:00 a.m. so … Continue reading

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Giving thanks

by Christine Kling The other day someone posted a comment under one of my Facebook photos. It went something like this – “I wish I could live your life for just one day.” I get it. really I do. You … Continue reading

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Culture Shock

by Christine Kling According to Wikipedia, culture shock can be defined as “the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to immigration or a visit to a new country, a move between social … Continue reading

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Shape Shifting

By Christine Kling I’ve rarely failed to get a blog post up on my weekends, but this weekend I completely lost track of time. I’ve been slowly traveling back toward Florida from the Marshall Islands and I think I’ve been … Continue reading

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New features in Navionics app allows boaters to use satellite photos for navigation

by Christine Kling I’ve been fascinated with iPad navigation for quite a while and with our newly repaired rudder, we took off last Monday and motored across the Majuro lagoon to Eneko, one of the smaller islands that form this … Continue reading

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