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.

The D word

by Christine Kling If you are a writer, you know the word I’m talking about. Distraction. That word that whispers alluring messages in my ears when I am supposed to be working on the new book. That word against which … Continue reading

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Piece by piece

  by Christine Kling There was a time when I was trying to write what I thought I was supposed to be writing. I was in grad school and it was the late 80’s. Ray Carver type of short stories … Continue reading

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The vagaries of time

by Christine Kling We’ve now been back aboard the boat for a week and a half, and I have completely lost track of the world outside the lagoon here at Majuro Atoll. The pace of life aboard a cruising boat … Continue reading

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Home at last!

by Christine Kling We’re back! I’m sitting here once again at the Tide Table Restaurant in Majuro watching a tropical rain shower beat against the windows. This is home. We left Ontario, California on Tuesday at noon, and with layovers, … Continue reading

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Help me pick a new cover and cover artist!

by Christine Kling I’ve decided it’s time to refresh the covers of the four books in my Seychelle series, and given that I am not a graphic artist myself, but I am a geeky, techie sort, I decided to try … Continue reading

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Boat fever

by Christine Kling We packed up our bags and left LEARNATIVITY on a mooring in Majuro on February 21st, and while I thought I would be returning, but it was by no means a sure thing, so I didn’t leave … Continue reading

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Nom de plume

by Christine Kling One of the questions that people often ask me is if I write under my own name. What they are really asking is, “Do you write under a pen name?” I almost always feel like they are … Continue reading

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Stuck in the forest

by Christine Kling You know that saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees”? I’ve been stuck in a bunch of trees the past few days, and I’ve been having difficulty finding my way out. I’m sure you know … Continue reading

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The eyes are the window to the soul

by Christine Kling At last we have slowed our travels, and finally I’ve started the new book. I adore road trips, but there comes a time when the itch to start building that fictional world becomes almost painful. Travel is … Continue reading

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Killer Femmes

by Christine Kling This week I’d like to share with all Write on the Water readers two tidbits from the ongoing marketing efforts of Christine Kling, author. A few months ago I was honored to be asked to join four … Continue reading

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