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.

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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By the numbers

by Christine Kling I want to get a blog posted today, but I am feeling overwhelmed by the numbers in my life lately. I pride myself on loving the nomadic existence, but I have been living out of luggage since … Continue reading

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Klinging to the coattails of a futurist

  by Christine Kling For many years when I was a teacher and then a college professor, I loved to go to technology conferences. I admit that I am more than a little geeky, and I used to love to … Continue reading

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What was I thinking?

by Christine Kling So often, the topic here on this blog of boating writers has been some version of, “How can I maintain my boat and get my books written at the same time?” That, I am happy to say, … Continue reading

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You gotta love capitalism . . .

by Christine Kling While I have been enjoying the wonderful promotion my books have received by being a part of the Kindle First program, this is a very different book release than I used to know ten years ago. The … Continue reading

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A new chapter

by Christine Kling So I’m sitting on an airplane in Orlando en route to LA, my fiancé beside me and our two doggy flight bags with Ruby and Barney at our feet. Just a couple of hours ago I signed … Continue reading

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Where is home?

by Christine Kling Wikipedia says, “A home is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe.” I guess for most people that question is an easy one, but … Continue reading

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Turkish Delight

by Christine Kling We have been in Turkey now for about 10 days and there are so many ways in which this country is a surprise. I’m not really sure what I expected to find, but it certainly wasn’t this … Continue reading

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