by K. Hanson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: December 15th 2017
YA Fantasy with Pirates!
Captain Nereyda and her first mate, Brynja, lead a band of pirates as they seek out grand adventures and loot vulnerable merchant ships. However, when they attempt an overly ambitious raid, Nereyda and her crew are captured by Commander Erhan of the Imperial navy and separated. Nereyda is pressed into service aboard a ship to patrol the treacherous waters of the Shattered Sea. Meanwhile, Brynja and the rest of the crew are sent to a life of hellish labor deep in an Imperial mining prison camp.
While serving her sentence, Nereyda is shipwrecked on an unknown island. As she explores it, she stumbles into some ancient ruins and finds…something. Whatever it is, it wakes a part of Nereyda that she had not felt before. Something that could help her free the rest of her crew and return to life on the sea, if only she can learn to control it. Unfortunately, Commander Erhan is also on the island. Nereyda must escape him, get off of the island, and rescue her crew before the commander can stop her and before her crew withers away in the oppressive mines.
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Listening to the right music is a huge part of my writing process. I assembled quite a long playlist for writing Storm Raven, and it has since expanded as I’ve been working on the second book in the series. Since the main character, Nereyda, is a pirate captain, my playlist is naturally packed with pirate-themed music. It contains the soundtracks to the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Other random tracks and albums have been added that seem to fit a mood I want to set. Most of the time, music sets a general atmosphere to me to write, but sometimes specific songs speak to specific scenes. I can highlight a few tracks here, along with what kind of scenes they support.
Stealing a Brig from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FXgEbaNCfA
This song is fantastic for setting the mood for naval action scenes. There is a scene early in the book where Nereyda needs to pilot the Storm Raven through a storm, and I used this track to inspire me and set the energy for an exciting scene.
The Pyre by Kevin MacLeod – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOexdRkSrJ8&t=165s
I use this track to set the mood for a night in a tavern where Nereyda is surrounded by friends. It can also be good for the moments when I need to write a rousing speech. The piece has a warmth and friendliness to it that give it an uplifting feeling.
When the Devil Calls by Blues Saraceno – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoF-vUL3IpM
Since pirates are outlaws, I wanted some music that had a bit of a rebel vibe. This song, and other similar songs, help give me that badass sound I sometimes crave for various scenes.
Those are just a few of the tracks in the long playlist I’ve assembled, but I think they provide a glimpse of the kinds of music I like to use to set the mood for writing about a sassy pirate captain. If you want to check out the full playlist, you can see it here on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/122228527/playlist/4ki1xAmhjuYfdlaYQ9OWgb?si=1tVuolx3TJC_iTZd15LXFw
About the Author
K lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful fiancee, Bobbi. Some of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and Sarah Maas.
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