Oct. 18: This blog is NOT about our next sailing adventure. It is about our next writing adventure. Sunday we fly to Nassau to begin a writer’s retreat ( and celebrate Ed’s birthday) which actually takes place on Salt Cay a short ferry ride from Paradise Island.
We signed on for this “unparalleled opportunity for writers of fiction, memoir, and narrative non-fiction to work one-on-one with New York Times best-selling authors, top acquisition editors, and prominent literary agents in a gorgeous and inspiring setting.”
We will be staying on Paradise Island, not our favorite place, when we sail to Nassau we stay on the Nassau side. We don’t like the casinos which Paradise Island is known for. You may know of Atlantis-the huge pink casino and hotel.
Each morning after breakfast, we will take a ferry to Salt Cay for workshops, lectures, and panel discussions. The afternoons are less structured and more participatory exercises to stimulate creative thought and writing. These afternoons include a private tour of the island’s more secret features and a swim with the dolphins. The of course there are cocktails and dinners and social time to smooze with the big guys.
We will present two novels, Night Watch, which is a completed 90,000 word thriller set in the isolated, remote cays of the Bahamas which involves a connection from the drug days of the ’70s on Norman’s Cay and current hidden drug money, revenge, and funding of terrorism.
The second novel, Tear in the Curtain, is suspense but also historical fiction. It is set in post WWII Germany and revolves around a U.S. Army Colonel and a young German woman. This is only the beginning and who she really and what she does complicates their lives on all levels. No spoiler here. You’ll have to wait.
Our goal, of course, realistic or not, is to interest an agent in representing either one or both of our books. Meanwhile we will enjoy a setting well-known to us as sailors-although we have never been to Salt Cay. We will introduce our fellow writers who are not familiar with Nassau to the Poop Deck.
Wish us luck,
Jan and Ed