Tim W. Jackson on the quirky daily realities of running off to Margaritaville

Blacktip Island received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Tim W. Jackson.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Blacktip Island was released September 10, 2016.

What’s the book’s first line?

“Blake Calloway had really done it this time. Here he was trying his damnedest to blend in with the scuba tourists until he could stash the bricks of money he wasn’t supposed to have, and now everyone on the boat was watching him.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

An inadvertent embezzler bolts for the Caribbean, a step ahead of the Feds and desperate to restart life as an anonymous divemaster in a tropical paradise. On Blacktip Island, though, he fast discovers “tropics” doesn’t mean “paradise,” and rookie boat hands stick out like a reef at low tide. It’s an irresistible comedy for anyone who’s ever dreamed of trading the rat race for a hammock under the palm trees.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

I’ve lived and worked on a small island in the Caribbean for nearly two decades. General rule of thumb, normal people don’t move to small islands (present company excepted . . .), and the mix of odd personalities results in a lot of happenings that leave you scratching your head or laughing out loud. I went out of my way to not write about particular people or events – the island’s too small for that – while still capturing the crazy feel of life in a place like that.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

Lots of people dream of running off to Margaritaville, but most have no idea about the quirky daily realities involved. Blacktip Island gives them a taste of what it’s like. Fresh water and electricity are anything but reliable. The beaches have sand fleas. The people are quirky. But you learn to take the island on its terms and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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