Where did the idea for the book come from?
All the buccaneer-fans who celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day every September the 19th. What would happen if their city was conquered by a seagoing villain armed with magic, and they were the ones who had to deal with him?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Devon Sawa as Alex; Adele Haenel as Maedchen; Ian McKellen as Silver; Frankie Muniz as Kid Cutlass; Alan C. Peterson as Senyavin; and, were he still alive, Julian Beck as Lord Laughter.
I should also add that if Rayne Hall were an actress, I’d like her to play the seer who lives in the middle of the ballpark. :)
What is the one-sentence synopsis of the book?
A group of pirate enthusiasts find their calling when their city is taken over by an evil sorcerer of the sea.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m aiming for self-publication.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your masterpiece?
About four months. One more writer’s group critique, then one more pass, should do it.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
“On Stranger Tides” by Tim Powers; “Whitechapel Gods” by S.M. Peters. The difference being, as this is an urban fantasy, it takes place in the present day.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The histories of the piracy’s “Golden Age,” most noteably Bartholomew Roberts. Movies like Captain Blood, Anne of the Indies, Cutthroat Island (mostly John Debney’s score), and, of course, the Pirates of the Caribbean fims.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
As in my current novel, Elijah’s Chariot, everyday people experience the sudden invasion of magic into their world, and have to rise to the occasion. But before Lord Laughter makes his appearance, he sends sirens ahead to recruit anyone who’s disgruntled with society or feels powerless. When he raises his “wall of shadow” around the city, he divides it into districts and appoints these people as governors.
All at once, they wield virtually unlimited power over everyone in their districts; their word is law. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the recruits (whom the heroes nickname “Skugs”) don’t have the wherewithal to handle their good fortune gracefully. One can imagine how they start to act with no one to check them. They create the dystopia, keeping the citizens occupied and terrified, while Laughter gathers human fodder for a plan only he knows about.
So Laughter creates a lot of monsters out of people, rather than conjuring up fantasy versions–except it turns out he’s got some of those, too. And so the heroes have to deal with the Skugs, plus the dangerous magic changing all the rules, and figure out how to get through it all to Laughter. And they have very little time to do it.