Friday, August 9, 2013

The boat of my dreams ...

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I've spent the past couple months deeply enmeshed in the lives of the characters in my Jeff Resnick mysteries.  I've been exploring one of my favorite themes--family, and what it means; the trials and tribulations, and the hurt that comes when there's anger and tension--and especially mistrust that comes from misunderstanding.  (Oh, and a murder, too.)

Boy, it's been a lot of FUN!

But what's been terribly heartbreaking for me is ... the boat. 


Yeah, the boat.  Part of the story revolves around a beautiful (and very expensive) boat that Richard bought as kind of a lark.  He thought it would be fun to tool around the Niagara River on weekends, drinkie-poo in hand, watching the sun go down.

First of all, I am not a boater. My brothers are boaters, but that gene skipped the middle child--me.  Until I started writing about Easy Breezin'.

First I had to find a boat, and though I call it something else in the story (lawsuits, whatever), it's really a Carver 46 Voyager. (Hey, I'm a BIG Star Trek Voyager fan -- of course the name caught my eye.)

It's got THREE staterooms (the master has a queen-sized bed); two washrooms (with showers); two Volvo engines; a 450 gallon fuel tank (it runs on diesel--can you imagine what it would cost to fill that sucker at marine prices?); a mini kitchen with coffee pot, microwave, and two-burner electric range; a mini living room (called the salon), with creamy leather furniture.  The boat I saw had two TVs, but no books.  (I prefer to think they catch up on their reading with a Kindle, Nook, or Kobo reader.)  And up on the flybridge (where you steer the boat) there's a table, chairs, fridge (with ice maker), and wet bar.


Used (the one I'm basing my story on), it is nine years old and only costs $299,000.  (Can you imagine what this thing would cost if it was NEW???)

I'm about to finish the first draft ... it might be today, tomorrow, or Sunday.  And then I'll start the rewrite, and I have a feeling I might have to edit out some of my love for this boat.  I could go on and on lovingly describing it, but that would detract from the rest of the story.

If all goes well, Dark Waters will be available on October 1st. (Cover coming this weekend.)  I'll announce when you can pre-order it (hopefully by next week).

Meanwhile ... I think I'll go back to dreaming about Easy Breezin' ... she sure is a beauty.