Jackie Parry – author

Author Interview – Historical Fiction

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Historical Fiction is one of my favourite genres. Throw in a boat and that book has to be mine!

When I become so absorbed into a story I want to know more about the author… here’s a brief intro to Pamela Grimm and her alter-ego Captain Jane Thorn!

Why write about the merchant marine instead of pirates? Surely they are more fun!
Aaargh! A pirate lives by his sword, but a trading captain has to live by her wits. That’s much more fun, I think! Captain Jane has to figure out how to get what she wants without pulling a weapon on anyone, in general. Not that she won’t channel her inner pirate if needed!
Destiny's Gold SisterShip Press

What makes historical fiction set in the 19th century so special?
The first half of the 19th century was a time of upheaval and change all over the world. In many ways, the rapid developments in technology and the political turmoil would be familiar to today’s readers. For Americans, the country was still growing and defending its territory while trying not to get involved in European affairs. Within, issues of slavery, expansion, and the role of government were hot buttons that everyone had to work around. Captain Jane is akin to today’s millennials, figuring out what she thinks about things and acting on her principles.

How important is research to you when writing a book?
Research is everything! I want to bring the reader into Jane’s world and make it feel familiar. The problems people were solving in Jane’s day laid the foundation for the world we live in today. Have you ever thought about how long it would actually take to raise the anchor on a 200-ton ship? Longer than you might imagine!

How realistic are your books?
Captain Jane and the Destiny are as realistic as I can make them. All of the events and places I reference are real, as are many of the people she encounters. Every now and then, I take liberties with time frames, but I strive to give the reader a realistic sense of the world in 1820.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
Oh, my characters pretty much do what they want to do. They are constantly surprising me! I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. In general, I know what the central storyline will be, but how things play out is always a mystery until it happens. I find myself saying, “Oh really?” a lot when I am writing.

How much of yourself do you put into your books?
I confess, Captain Jane is my alter-ego. She pretty much does what I think I would do in most situations, although sometimes I have to shake my head at how obtuse she can be. That’s probably when she is being most like me.

Who would play Captain Jane in the movie?
If I could wave a magic wand, it would be a young Loreena McKennitt.

When can the readers expect your next book?
Soon! The Destiny is already headed out for a new adventure with Captain Jane and her loyal crew aboard. Look for the next volume in the series in 2019.

Pre-order Destiny’s Gold on Kindle right now!

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Author: jackieandnoel

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5 thoughts on “Author Interview – Historical Fiction

  1. Fun to learn more about Pamela 🙂 I absolutely love that cover!

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  2. Jackie, thanks for the info, great interview. Can we get the book on Amazon yet? We’re still here in San Diego on the boat, leaving in Oct of 2019-

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    • Hi – great to hear your plans. We enjoyed San Diego.. bet there’s lots to do keeping you busy (which reminds me to read your blog again (been stupidly busy lately but I’ll go have a nose!).

      You can pre-order the ebook, it says it will be released mid-Dec, but I am hoping to do it sooner than that – if you pre-order you’ll receive an email. The paperback should be following soon – I’ll announce.

      Many thanks – if you buy and read – do let me know what you think 🙂
      Here’s the link
      http://geni.us/M1rdx3

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