I love sailing, books, travel, and adventure! So, I think I have the greatest job in the world - I get to write stories full time.
I've been sailing most of my life and that led me to set my first nautical suspense novels on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, there are four books in the series, SURFACE TENSION, CROSS CURRENT, BITTER END, and WRECKERS' KEY.
My latest books are something new and different for me. In book #1 of the Shipwreck Adventures series, CIRCLE OF BONES: a Caribbean thriller, a female solo sailor, Maggie Riley, and a maritime archeologist (and conspiracy nut) Cole Thatcher are searching for the wreck of a World War II submarine. The second book, DRAGON'S TRIANGLE, finds Riley in Thailand trying (unsuccessfully) to forget about Cole while being drawn into a search for a missing WWII treasure.
So, in DRAGON'S TRIANGLE, I have Riley sail her boat 1800 miles through the South China Sea. She travels from Thailand to the Philippines and at the end of her voyage, Riley discovers true love.
In November 2013, a gentleman commented on my blog and asked a question about some software I had used. I responded and we started to correspond. One month later, I flew to Fiji to meet him, and for our "first date" we sailed 2200 miles through the Pacific on his 52-foot sailboat. Now, six months later, we have traveled together through Europe doing research on the Knights of Malta for book #3 in the series. In a field of flowers overlooking a little fishing village in Malta, he proposed - and I said yes! My new home is now that sailboat out in the Pacific Ocean, and like Riley, I have found true love.
The third book in the Shipwreck Adventures series, KNIGHT'S CROSS, was written while we were traveling through the Marshall Islands and Fiji aboard my new home. In that novel, Riley and Cole are aboard their new expedition yacht in the Mediterranean searching for an ancient document.
I don't know if I'll ever be certain whether it's my adventures that shape the tale or the tale that shapes me. But I do know this: I'm going to keep on living these adventures on the high seas and writing the stories that come out of it all.
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