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by Christine Kling



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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.
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6 Responses to This message is brought to you by the Yorkshire Terror

  1. Wayne says:

    Very cute and fun Christine. I too am out single handed sailing with my 6 year old “Spoodle” Ruby the Wonderdog and we are currently in Vuda Pt. marina in Fiji finishing up the latest refit in preparation for the next few years sailing through the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and making my way through Indonesia. I’d be interested to know more about how you made this little video if you care to share?

    Also enjoying your books and have several loaded on my Kindle for upcoming passages. Thanks for all.


  2. gerald dowling says:

    Chris, I shared your message today with Punky Rooster my Shih Tzu, and Molly Peabody my adopted kat. Molly made it though the first time until she discovered there was no food coming her way, and Punky paid attention at first but then heard something outside moving through leaves and her first job is to keep the ducks out of the yard so off she went.
    Me, I watched it twice mostly because I always wondered what you would sound like in real life. I am familiar with the voice that sends young women out on a tug, co kidnaps and goes across oceans with a guys daughter aboard, that clearly would rather be any place than with the cruise. So it was interesting, and I too would like to know how you got your dog to do that. Mine will not hold still to get her eyes cleaned. By the way this was a nice touch.

  3. Hi Wayne and Gerald,

    I had fun with this and while it is my voice – sorta’ – the program does tweak the voice. I don’t have a voice that sounds like Alvin, the chipmunk. But I do speak slowly. I live life in the slow lane.

    You know how I love my iPad apps. I made this video with an app called MyTalkingPet. It animates the eyes and mouth of a still photo. In fact, if you look at the photo I used you’ll notice Barney’s back leg – if I’d snapped one second later he would have been scratching his ear. Those little guys don’t hold still for very long.

    Glad you enjoyed Barney’s Five Minutes of Fame.


  4. Kathleen says:

    Barney via Christine rocks!

  5. Cindy says:

    Hey, Chris, I thought you outgrew that business of sucking the helium out of balloons, like we did when we were kids!

  6. My take is that you were disciplined and spending your time pushing out pages for your next book. Good for you.

    Great to see you in Melbourne. Very good reviews on your seminar. Thanks.

    hugs from dave & Janet.

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