When Hayden Kent’s mentor and friend discovers her son Mike’s dead body, dressed in full scuba attire, washed up on Pigeon Key, she needs Hayden. Her paralegal and dive skills may help unravel the tragedy of Mike’s last days. He’d recently discovered a sunken Spanish galleon and rumors that he hit the mother lode ran through the Keys like wildfire.
Hayden’s dive on the treasure site uncovers gold, and clues that Mike’s death was something far more sinister than an accident. When two different wills, both signed the day Mike died, are delivered to the courthouse, the suspect list grows, as do the threats against her. The danger escalates as she tries to save herself, discover the motive, and find the killer.
Art Imitates Life, or is it the other way around?
Thanks for having me, Brooke. I loved reading all the other blogs on your site as research for my post. Definitely a diverse group of writers and a hard act to follow.
Interviewers who know that I’m a diehard SCUBA diver often ask if the Hayden Kent character is based on my own life. The answer to that is yes, and no, and yes.
To the extent that Hayden loves to SCUBA, she’s all me. And I’ve dove all of the various sites in the Hayden Kent books. OK, I admit, the treasure site dive never happened. Not in the way the dive is described. There was no ancient wreck and certainly no treasure. Not in gold doubloons at least. The treasure was in the structure of the reef and the beauty of the fish. The dive was in Belize and it was the first time I spotted a manta ray in open water. Breathtaking.
Hayden was born of my desire to remember my diving days at a time when I was living in Maine. I’d been flipping through my dive logs and I came across a description of a dive that I had made on the Thunderbolt. A boat sunk as part of the artificial reef program in the Florida Keys. The Thunderbolt rests in one hundred and twenty feet of water. While diving on it, a plastic bag floated out of one of the windows of the ship. That plastic bag became the hand that beckons Hayden to find the body that starts the series. After that one scene, Hayden began to develop her own character. She became her own woman and took over her own destiny. Characters will do that to you. Ingrates!
I’d like to think that Hayden and I would be best friends if we met. We seem to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. She is far bolder than I am. Willing to take risks and go out on a limb. We both like to think outside the box. If something isn’t working for us, we’ll look to a creative and perhaps not all that rational solution. So far, it’s worked for both of us. Hayden has a stability and confidence of direction that I lack. I’ve ping-ponged from direction to direction and only recently had the confidence to do what I want to do. It’s not that I lacked a moral compass, far from it. It’s more than I tried on a lot of different lives and professions before I decided I was ready to follow my dream.
Following a dream is what life is all about. It’s what Hayden has always known, and what I am only just learning. So, are we alike? Somewhat, but in other ways not at all.
Readers, do you secretly believe that your favorite heroines and heroes reflect the author more than the character?
About the Author
Kait Carson spent a lifetime living and working in the tropical paradise of south Florida. She opted for a day job as a paralegal practicing in the world of high-end estates and probate litigation. Legal pads give way to a keyboard in the evening and Kait spins tales of murder and mayhem set in the steamy Florida heat. Like her protagonist, Hayden Kent, Kait is an accomplished SCUBA diver. She lives with her husband, six rescue cats and three tropical birds at an airpark in Florida. Not too far from the water.
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