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 in 2013 and we now sail aboard Learnativity, a 52-foot motor sailor with our family including Barney, the Yorkshire Terror and Ruby, the Wonder Dog.

15 Responses to About Christine Kling

  1. Ted Randal says:

    I’ve just become familiar with your blog/website and enjoy all the boaty information. We are a full time on the water couple, way too old to be living this lifestyle, but we just can’t help it. So, while we no longer will sail the South Seas or North Atlantic, we’ll still travel whenever and wherever we wish and appreciate our freedom

  2. Hey, just read your post on the boat woes. Sorry to hear about all that. I actually talked to the lewmar people about that traveler and they made a point of saying that there are no parts for it. I was very careful when we changed the line in the traveler. We are on our way up there soon. Hope to run into you either coming or going. We can compare notes and troubles on Calibers and just meet in person. All the best…Hunter and Julie Dockery

  3. Hi Ted,

    I just found this comment on the blog. Sorry I didn’t respond earlier. It’s great to hear from fellow cruisers who love the freedom of this lifestyle.

  4. Hi Hunter,

    Yes, I’ve been having some tough times with this old boat. The traveler and the reefer are the two that are giving the most headaches. I’ll lives with the little Dometic cooler, but I’m planning to jury rig something pretty funky for the traveler. When I can save up the money, I plan to replace the whole thing with some fancy new Harken roller bearing track and traveler and mainsheet. It’s just not in the budget at the moment, so the ugly jury rig will have to get me home.
    I look forward to connecting with you at some point.

  5. Cindy Geesey says:

    I’m thrilled to know there’s another book on the way – hopefully in time for an October vacation? Thanks, Christine….we look forward to another great read.

    Cindy Geesey

  6. Olga Brunner says:

    Arrived in Florida in 1997 fresh out of my cruising experience from San Diego to Los Cabos, Mexico where I broke down (not too shabby a place for that). But those 7 months were the happiest of my life.

  7. Paddy Head says:

    Hi Christine,
    I’ve just discovered your blog. I’m not a sailor but I am a fellow self-published author. How instrumental do you think your offer of free books was in making your huge jump in sales? I am officially launching my novel, Fixed, on April 18 and will try whatever I need to do to get it out there.
    Best of luck with your sailing and your sales.

  8. Paddy,
    The KDP Select program is working great for some folks and not so great for others. What is the most important thing is the quality of the book, the description and the cover. I ran Facebook and Google Adsense ads for several weeks to make sure that the people who clicked on the ads tended to click through and buy the book. If you can’t lure them to buy, if your sample and description and cover are not appealing enough, you won’t succeed. I waited three months from the time the book went on sale, tweaking and trying hard to make it very appealing. I suggest you do the same in order to get maximum benefit from the free days.
    Good luck.

  9. Amy Ferryman says:

    We would like to use the fish photo image on our website. How or who would we ask for permission?

  10. Bob Proteau says:

    Just finished “Surface Tension”, good job. What ever happened to Chewy?
    The wife and I have been sailing together for over 40 years, live on the Gulf Coast near Destin, and love your writing. Sold our last boat, an Ericson 32 named Horizon, and now do a little land cruising in our motor home. We spent some time in Ft. Lauderdale and can relate to the land marks in your stories. Keep up the great work and say hi to Barney for us.

  11. william cass says:

    I do believe you are the sea going answer to Stuart wood’s character, Stone Barrington, I eagerly await both of your books, darn it, my favorite authors just don’r write fast enou7gh.
    I was a law enforcement nat park ranger at Biscayne from 1986 to 2002 when I retired and enjoy reading about the various places I used to patrol, please keep up the good work, and please write faster, lol.


  12. Jerald (Jerry) Moyers says:

    What a marvelos opportunity for my daughter and brand new son-in- law to meet you in Hope Harbor just prior to their wedding! From what I have reads, it was a joy and experience that they will never fever forget, having the opportunity, and pleasure of having met you. They had worked their fingers to the bone for months to get “New Girl” ready for sailing. And you, Christine, were the icing on the cake. As the proud “Dad” of the Newly Weds, Thank you very much.

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  14. Fonda says:

    Loved your Seychelle Sullivan books. Read them all
    twice. Know little to nothing about boats, but have always
    loved the Gulf.
    Are you planning to write any more books biased on
    Seychelle and the other characters in her murder

  15. Yenny Cabrera says:

    Hi Ms. Kling,
    I’m Yenny and I’m a high-school student. Writing has always been my passion but I never thought that I had the possibility of becoming a writer at such a young age, but it’s my dream to live off of writing books that other people enjoy. Is there any advice that you could give me? Thank you.
    -Yenny Cabrera

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