as I've not been too well lately, and therefore have no new articles prepared,
I thought I would re-post an article I put here a couple of weeks ago but
didn't have much opportunity to share...
Author M.M. Bennetts had 'passed the baton' on to me for a series of posts by historical fiction authors in which we introduce the main character of our work in progress
or soon to be published novel.
or soon to be published novel.
Naturally, I chose my pirate to write about:
So Meet ...
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Jesamiah Acorne, (Captain Acorne - and that's Acorne with an 'e' - although his birth name was Mereno. He changed his name when he needed a new one in a hurry - when he turned to a life of piracy a few months before his fifteenth birthday.
He is fictional (my very own pirate!) but many of his adventures are based on or around historical events.
2) When and where is the story set?
The Voyage I am writing now, the fifth book in the Sea Witch Series, is set in early 1719, It starts in Devon and Bristol, England, and will move to the Azores and Williamsburg, Virginia.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Ex-pirate Jesamiah Acorne is a charming rogue, quick to smile, formidable when angry - the sort of man who you would not get into a drinking contest with (you'd lose). He has an eye for the ladies - well he was a pirate before he met the love of his life, Tiola Oldstagh, and he does occasionally get "sidetracked" by a pretty face (well OK, a part of a lady's anatomy that is slightly lower than her face!). But his outright loyalty is to Tiola - he would give his life for her.
Pronounce her name as tee(o)-la, short and quick, not tee-oh-la. She is a midwife and a healer.
And she is also a white witch.
No longer a pirate, Jesamiah often finds himself in various spots of bother; some relating to his past life, some because trouble follows him like a ship's wake....
The other love of his life is his ship, the Sea Witch.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
In the Voyage I am writing now? Someone - or something - is out to kill Jesamiah because of something he did the previous year. Tiola is unable to help him because she has been injured, so she sends a friend, Mahadun, to watch his back. But how reliable is this friend? Has Tiola misjudged him?
Meanwhile the British Government wants Jesamiah to do a 'little job' for them.
A little job, which Jesamiah knows full well will probably end up with him in even more trouble than before.
Things get complicated when Jesamiah suspects that Tiola and her 'friend' are more than friends...
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
To stop being used as a government spy and settle down to a respectable life.
While I'm writing this series he has no hope of achieving it! LOL
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
It has a title, yes. On The Account.
There are some excerpts from the previous four voyages on my special blog H2U here
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7) When can we expect the book to be published?
Hopefully early 2015 Depending on the flow of the tides and the calmness of the weather! A good following breeze is needed.....
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