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Christine Kling is a sailor and nomad trying to create her own literary subgenre – nautical thrillers. After traditionally publishing a series of four novels featuring Florida female tugboat captain, Seychelle Sullivan, Christine self-published her fifth novel, Circle of Bones. Thomas & Mercer then offered to republish Bones as the first in a trilogy. Christine lives aboard her 33-foot sailboat Talespinner with Barney, her 12-pound Yorkshire Terror and she sails wherever the wind and free wi-fi may take her.
Christine Kling has spent more than thirty years living on and around boats and has cruised the waters of the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Christine‘s articles and stories have appeared in many boating publications including
Sailing, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, and The Tiller and the Pen. When she was married, Christine helped her husband build a 55-foot custom sailing yacht. They sailed through the Panama Canal to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where they chartered their yacht for over two years. While in the islands, Christine received her 100-ton Auxiliary Sail Captains license.
It was her sailing experience that led her to set her first suspense novel, SURFACE TENSION (2002), on the New River 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 her series, WRECKERS’ KEY was released in February 2007.
Christine holds MFA in creative writing from Florida International University and her short stories have appeared in Gulfstream Magazine and in the anthology MIAMI NOIR.
In 2011, she retired from her position as an English professor at Broward College to write and cruise full-time aboard Talespinner. Her fifth novel, CIRCLE OF BONES (2013), a big sailing thriller set down in the Caribbean, was recently published by Thomas & Mercer.
An avid dog owner, Christine now sails the waters of the Bahamas and the US eastern seaboard with her new pup, Barney, an 11-pound Yorkshire Terror.