Saturday, April 16, 2011

"N" is for Night Watch and the Trinidad Setting

Because I'm participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge, I wrote this as my "N" post today and wanted to share it on the Oak Tree blog as well. For the Challenge, I'm writing about destinations the Passenger to Paradise has found special.

Pounding Ocean Waters MM Sikes
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.

Mary Montague Sikes

1 comment:

Jean Henry Mead said...

It probably hasn't changed much since you were there, Marilyn, and what a wonderful experience for a writer to have!