I love diving on a beautiful coral reef, enjoying the circus of colors and fish in front of me. It is warm, relaxing and exciting at the same time. Of course, the topside atmosphere in places with those reefs is just as fun. Warm sand, sun and boat drinks.
But, what really fires my imagination underwater are shipwrecks. A good artificial reef is fun, too, but I do prefer to dive on true shipwrecks. The ship may’ve been lost in a storm, accident or during war time. When I am diving on a wreck, with nothing but the sound of my own bubbles in my ears, my thoughts always go to the question of what was going through the minds of the passengers and crew at the time. Were they fighting and angry? Were they afraid?
I’ve dived on shipwrecks from the Carolinas to the Caribbean to California and they are all mysterious and intriguing. My fiction author’s brain immediately goes into high gear and I’ve been known to literally start writing stories in my head during a dive.
One of my favorite books around a shipwreck is Wreck of the Huron. It went down right off the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
That’s what makes this story I read a few days ago in the Washington Post so intriguing. The headline teases it really well.
(This is a gift link so it’s free to read.)
The short version is, the captain went down with his ship. But he didn’t have to. The captain should be the last person to leave, but when the crew was safe, he could’ve gotten off, too. It’s easy to speculate what his motivations might’ve been but we will never know.
I sent out a quick note at the beginning of the month about the complete Mike Scott series now being in audiobook format.
This is an AI reading, and it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good. I’d love to hear back from listeners to see what you think.
You can check out the links on my website. The list starts with Cayman Cowboys and there is a link to the audiobook from each one.
Also, most of them are on Audible Plus so you can listen to all you want. The remaining few have been accepted into the program and should be there soon.
I don’t do a lot of these, but I have joined a multi-author promotion full of free thriller novels. It’s a short one, though. When February ends, so does the promotion so download them now!