Do you ever have anything bad happen to you and think 'well that sucked, now I'm going to use it in a story'?
It happens to me a lot.
For instance, two years ago, we were in Bamfield, BC, and a friend of ours took us out for a ride in his boat. Now, that was fine and dandy--until the engine failed. And then the second engine failed. And then the gusting wind and big swell drove us toward rocks. The water was too deep for the anchor to catch the bottom...and, oh, did I mention my then 8- & 10-year-old children were on board with me???
On the positive side we could literally see the Coast Guard station about half a mile away.
When the CG dispatcher asked our position the boat's skipper told her to look out the window because we were waving at her as he said 'Mayday, Mayday'. The rescue boat got to us in under five minutes and we didn't smash against the rocks and no one died. Thank goodness :) And I decided I WAS going to have a coastie hero/heroine one day because they are awesome. So, that's the next story I'm planning to write, assuming my editor goes for it (a little fairy dust on that one please ;)).
Tell me about your real life dramas. Anything stranger than fiction?
Toni's first Bamfield-set release, DANGEROUS WATERS, went on sale yesterday.