Salt Cay, Bahamas


  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

Salt Cay 002We 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.

Salt Cay 001Each 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.

bahamas-2012-13-125.jpgWe 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. poop deck outside.jpg

and on Friday, enjoy Ed’s birthday dinner at the Cafe Matisse, also in Nassau. I will blog as we go and post additional photos of the hard-working group and the IMG_1842inspirational setting.

Wish us luck,

Jan and Ed

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Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our next car rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossing five countries begins in South Africa, May 2014.
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2 Responses to Salt Cay, Bahamas

  1. Carla says:

    Sounds like a super chance to talk with the big guys in such a setting. Enjoy!

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