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.


Sue said...

Omgoodness!!!!! October??? Really, I have to wait THAT long?????? I love the idea of the boat and I love the look of the boat. Wouldn't that be fun to just go around on the water with a good book, good friends, a drink and nothing but the cool ocean breeze? Not this week though, it's shark week. :) Next time you see Jeff, tell him I've missed him.

Unknown said...

LOL! Relatively speaking, October is a very short wait. I handed in my latest Booktown Mystery back in March (2013). It won't be released until July 2014. Finishing a book in August and having it debut in October is pretty amazing. (And why is it taking so long? Because it takes much longer to prepare the paperback edition.)

We're on a great lake, not the ocean, but there's peril on the water wherever you go. I hope my readers will enjoy the (boat) ride.

Harbinger said...

I can't wait!!! I am madly in love with Jeff!

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Jeannie D. said...

Omg! I can't believe I have to wait for another year for the next Booktown Mystery. It is a good thing you have two other series!

Nancy said...

The boat's a beauty, all right! I wouldn't mind a vacation on board, so I didn't have to deal with all the expenses involved and the maintenance. So Lorna, I wish you luck, hope you get your boat and don't forget to invite me for a long weekend on board. Thank you! :)

Adrienne said...

Lorna...we are so lucky: when we've read all of your great books and await a new one, we get to read your postings and enjoy your wonderful writing in real time! Your love for this boat really comes through. And the news of another Jeff book almost on the shelves is fantastic. Thanks for such a bright and fun post and good luck with your rewrite. I'll be pre-ordering as soon as you give the go-ahead. Meanwhile, I sure hope you get to spend some time ON those boats on a vacation...any chance of that? Happy summer....Adrienne in Minnesota (no sharks, lots of lakes, and beautiful loons!)

Unknown said...

There's not a chance in Hades I'll ever step onto a boat as marvelous as the Carter 46 Voyager. But I can dream! Meanwhile, there's a Great Lake just a couple of miles down the road from my house. (That would be Lake Ontario.) *Sigh* I did NOT marry a mariner.

Aurian said...

That sure is a lovely boat! I really have to make time to read Jeff's books soon.

Sierra said...

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