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Saturday, April 16, 2011

"N" Is For Night Watch Set in Trinidad

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As the Passenger to Paradise, I discovered Trinidad and Tobago a couple of decades ago. Trinidad, an exotic island with ancient caves that once served as hiding places for Caribbean pirates, became the setting for my last book, Night Watch. There was so much to remember about my journey to Trinidad that I had to use our adventures in my writing somehow.

Our arrival in Trinidad was unlike anything I'd experienced before. We were met by two unlikely resort escorts who took us in an old car down a dark, remote road all the while using walkie-talkies to communicate with their base on an off-shore island. The two of us then traveled in a small leaky row-boat equipped with an engine and a flash light over rough ocean waters to reach the island resort.

Much of what happened is woven into the plot of Night Watch which is available in paperback, Kindle e-book, and Nook Book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It was truly an exciting time, but we've never gone back to Trinidad. I wonder what it's like now.

13 comments:

Enid Wilson said...

The sea looks rather rough. I hope you are quite sea worthly. It's good to be able to set your stories in places you travel to. I still have to learn about this.

My Darcy Mutates

Name: Luana Krause said...

Great to meet you on the blog challenge. Congrats on your new book!

Ellie said...

Taking a peek at Nightwatch - sounds brilliant!

Loved this post and glad to have met you through A to Z.

Ellie Garratt

GigglesandGuns said...

That picture is the best. I love ocean scenes.

Monti said...

Thanks, Enid, Luana, Ellie, and Giggles for your visits and comments. I enjoy visiting your sites as well!

Marja said...

It seems like it would be difficult for a writer to take a vacation. You'd want to take pictures of everything so you don't forget it, and the notes would keep one so busy that it would be hard to take everything in. Great post.

Monti said...

Thanks for commenting, Marja. Having the pictures is like taking notes. I'm not much of a note-taker which is often unfortunate, but so much is available now on the Internet which is a huge help!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Sounds like an intriguing tale. I'm sure the islands changed a lot. With tourism booming, they need to keep up. The islands are no longer undiscovered jewels.

Marian Allen said...

LOL! No wonder those scenes rang so true! I love it that you included the unpleasant details of your trip in your fiction as well as the pleasant ones. There's something about wet feet or the crackle of a walkie-talkie to make things real. ;)

Marian Allen
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Martha (MM) said...

I've know people from there but never been there myself.

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

Monti said...

Thanks, Michael, Martha, and Marian for your comments! Interesting to see all those "M" names! Marian, unpleasant experiences are part of the game. You either growl or run with it!:)

baygirl32 said...

I love the ocean, that picture is great (even though she's choppy)

Susan Oloier said...

Why haven't I found your blog sooner as part of the A to Z Challenge. I love travel. Your trip to Trinadad sounds amazing. I am going to have to check out your book, too.