About the Author

Charles Dougherty is a lifelong sailor; he's lived what he writes. He and his wife have spent over 30 years sailing together. For 15 years, they lived aboard their boat full-time, cruising the East Coast and the Caribbean islands. They spent most of that time exploring the Eastern Caribbean.  Dougherty is well acquainted with the islands and their people. The characters and locations in his novels reflect his experience.

A storyteller before all else, Dougherty lets his characters speak for themselves. Pick up one of his thrillers and listen to the sound of adventure as you smell the salt air. Enjoy the views of distant horizons and meet some people you won't forget.

Dougherty's sailing fiction books include the Bluewater Thrillers, the Connie Barrera Thrillers, and the J.R. Finn Sailing Mysteries. Click any of the preceding links for more information on a series.

Dougherty's first novel was Deception in Savannah. While it's not about sailing, one of the main characters is Connie Barrera. He had so much fun with Connie that he built a sailing series around her.

Before writing Connie's series, he wrote the first three Bluewater Thrillers, about two young women running a charter yacht in the islands. In the fourth book, Connie shows up as their charter guest. She stayed for the fifth Bluewater book. Then Connie demanded her own series.

The J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery series is his newest sailing series. The first Finn book, though it begins in Puerto Rico, starts with a real-life encounter that Dougherty had in St. Lucia. For more information about that, click here.

Dougherty's other fiction works are the Redemption of Becky Jones, a psycho-thriller, and The Lost Tourist Franchise, a short story about another of the characters from Deception in Savannah.

Dougherty has also written two non-fiction books. Life's a Ditch is the story of how he and his wife moved aboard their sailboat, Play Actor, and their adventures along the east coast of the U.S. Dungda de Islan' relates their experiences while cruising the Caribbean.

Charles Dougherty welcomes email correspondence with readers. Write to him at info@clrdougherty.com.