I love aquatic wildlife photos. My Pinterest is full of pics with pristine coral walls, playful dolphins and dazzling shipwrecks. So, you can’t even imagine how excited I got when I found out that a book on underwater Bahamas is coming out soon.
– Nathan, how did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“My Grandmother and mom never really considered being a Boat Captain a real job so I thought why not become an author. Just kidding… I decided to pursue writing because am passionate about marine life conservation and thought by giving divers and readers an avenue to read about the areas they are traveling diving that it would help them and all of us to become better stewards of our ecosystem.”
– Was getting published hard?
“Getting published wasn’t that hard really it was going to happen one way or another either by way of self publishing which Amazon Market place is phenomenal for independent authors but, Luckily I got a publisher and thank god because I needed an editor!”
– Are your characters based on people you know?
“My book is a SCUBA divers bucket list guide. I’ve been diving all over the Bahamas for 15 years and other crew members and myself have discovered so for sure people I know are in it. ”
– What genre is your book?
“My book fits in Bahamas History and Travel guides because I want people to understand the culture and soul of the area they are diving in.”
– Which of your books is your most favorite?
“This is my first book but, it’s the first in a series of Bahamas Bucket List For Divers books to come. I had an eye opening total blast putting it together.”
– Do you have a specific writing routine?
“I have an app on my phone because I spend nine months out of the year sailing on the high seas so a laptop or tablet doesn’t work for me. So I’ll jot down whatever is running through my mind. Then I when I get home early in the mornings while my wife is asleep I’ll start banging away at the keyboard. After I start her coffee of course.”
– What are your current projects?
“My current projects are promoting this book and the Dolphin Communication Project of Bimini has been a great resource in the piecing together a lot of the information in the book. They have a wonderful set of education and outreach programs and 100% proceeds of the first 500 books go to their organization to help promote a healthy relationship with humans and dolphins… and the rest of the marine ecosystem so us passionate scuba divers have wonderful diving for years to come.”
– What’s next for you?
“The research has already started for Bahamas Bucket List For Divers: Nassau edition but, it’s in the early stages so I don’t have an idea of a publishing date. You can bet I’m looking forward to it!”
Bahamas Bucket List for Divers: Bimini Edition
It’s no secret that the Bahamas is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Consisting of over 700 islands, this Caribbean paradise is one of the most famous dive destinations in the world. Divers flock to this getaway to intimately experience the wide range of aquatic wildlife, pristine coral walls, and amazing shipwrecks.
From pirates to modern-day drug runners, expert scuba diver and long-time sailor Capt. Nathan Riley will take you on a journey dating back 300 years. During surface intervals, you will take a closer look at how the Bahamas and Bimini famously came to be. Expect to be immersed in the island’s history, culture, and soul.
Flip to the second half of the book to build your personal Bahamas Bucket List. Relive your dive memories time and time again while checking off sites from your dive log. Each dive site listed is accompanied by first-hand facts and experience from a Captain who has dived the area almost daily for 15 years.
Quench your thirst about the Bahamas’ past and get ready to dive into Bimini’s enchanting ocean splendor!
The Dolphin Communication Project Website : www.dolphincommunicationproject.org
Captain Nathan (Nate) Riley has been around boats since his early teens when he helped his stepfather prepare for a transatlantic crossing from California to Scotland. He began working on boats professionally in 2001 as a 26-year-old sailboat captain. He crossed the Gulf Stream weekly from Miami, FL to the Bahamas and participated in organized shark feeds. Since then, sailing has taken him all over the world – from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico to his current stop, the Bahamas and Virgin Islands.
Capt. Nate is an avid scuba diver who loves underwater photography. He spends about nine months out of the year at sea and loves to share his passion for the open water not only with fellow sailors, but also with new and seasoned divers alike. For him, it’s about sending his guests back home relaxed and smiling.
When he isn’t sailing on the high seas, Capt. Nate resides in Ocala, FL where he can be found running marathons or trail running through the Ocala National Forest. His favorite hobbies – aside from sailing – are writing, making dinner for his family, and babysitting his two grandchildren.
Check out Capt. Nate Riley’s photography and adventures on Facebook under Nate’s Captain’s Blog.