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 was living the dream of full-time cruising on board my 33-foot Caliber Talespinner on my very tiny pension and whatever I made from my books having parted ways with the big publishing establishment. I self-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. In 2012 I was offered a publishing deal with Amazon's mystery/thriller imprint Thomas&Mercer and they reissued CIRCLE OF BONES. The sequel to that book, DRAGON'S TRIANGLE came out in June 2014. And as for me, I'm no longer a singlehander on my little boat. I met Wayne Hodgins in 2013 and after a whirlwind Skype courtship, I flew to meet him in Fiji and we sailed a nearly 2000 mile passage to the Marshall Islands for our "first date." We now sail together aboard LEARNATIVITY, a 52-foot motor sailor with our family including Barney, the Yorkshire Terror and Ruby, the Wonder Dog.

Better and better

by Christine Kling Every day I think to myself, nothing can top this. But the next day does. Fiji truly is a land of exceptional beauty. This evening we are anchored out far from it all and off the grid … Continue reading

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Gone with the wind

by Christine Kling We woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of the wind generator complaining. When the winds get up above 30-35 knots, the generator essentially takes itself offline and starts freewheeling. The speed of … Continue reading

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Home sweet home in Fiji

by Christine Kling In between rounds of editing on my new book, we had a serendipitous meet-up with friends of friends. When Wayne’s former colleague read that we were in Savusavu, he sent an email saying that in an amazing … Continue reading

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Editing on the water

  by Christine Kling The common wisdom when it comes to editing a manuscript is to put it aside for a few days and then come back to it with fresh eyes. This time I followed the common wisdom and … Continue reading

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Fiji by the numbers

by Christine Kling We are enjoying a blissful Sunday afternoon here with Learnativity swinging on a mooring ball here in Savusavu, Fiji. We arrived Friday afternoon at about 3:30, just in time to clear in with Customs, Immigration, Health and … Continue reading

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Not sleeping is the enemy

By Christine Kling S/V Learnativity, voyage to Fiji Sunday, May 17th, 7:00am Position 12.41S 179.04E Wind 15-20SSE, course 210, boat speed 5-6 knots Distance to Bligh Water entrance 240 Bearing 195 You can follow our progress on this tracking map: … Continue reading

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Helicopters and hitchhikers

by Christine Kling S/V Learnativity, voyage to Fiji Saturday, May 9th, 6pm Position 05.23S 177.50E Wind 0, course 145, boat speed 6.5 knots You can follow our progress on this tracking map: http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Learnativity We left Majuro last Saturday, and we … Continue reading

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Iridium – Away we GO!

by Christine Kling This week we finally fired up our new Iridium GO in preparation for leaving to sail down to Fiji. Already, I love the Go. Previously, when we sailed from Fiji to the Marshall Islands in January 2014, … Continue reading

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The End . . . is often a beginning

by Christine Kling In certain circumstances, those can be the two most beautiful words in the English language: THE END. I got to type those words this week just before I emailed off the 130,600 word manuscript of Knight’s Cross … Continue reading

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Nautical language

by Christine Kling I am on a research rant today. I have a love/hate relationship with the historical aspect of this series I’m writing. The photos I took while we were in Malta and Turkey have been a huge help with … Continue reading

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