Today, we’re speaking with Steven Vincent, author and creator of an exciting new pirate adventure series. Jollier Roger and The Golden Cross is the first book in the series, and Steven is here to tell us all about it. This series looks like a LOT of fun, and I can’t wait to begin reading. Before we begin the interview, let’s have a look at the blurb for Jollier Roger and The Golden Cross…
Come aboard and prepare yerselves for a hilarious high seas adventure unlike anything ye ever have seen before, with a splash a’ pirate history and magic upon each every page! Captain James Roberts is seeking the Magic Treasures – enchanted items once belonged to his legendary grandfather – and he’ll let nothing slow him down; not even his dysfunctional crew a’ misfits and outcasts, or the un-shipshape ship they sail, The Bottle.
The only problem is, he’s not the only one in on this Caribbean treasure hunt of grand proportions. His bloodthirsty former captain – old Castor Indigo hisself – be just as determined to claim these magnificent spoils and he’ll not think twice about sending a bullet James’ way, not he! As the wager unravels, though, they both may find themselves in deadly waters…
It’s a tale for anyone from the cabin boy to the seasoned buccaneer. Ye’ll find yerselves now laughing, now clinging to the edge of yer seats as the jollier crew braves the jungles of 18th century Costa Rica, the haunted ship graveyard of Cayman Brac, swashbuckling battles with privateers upon stormy tides, encounters with rats, close calls with a beautiful-yet-noisome wench, and so much more that ye do better to read the tale than make me tell it all here! Speaking a’ which, what be ye waiting for?! Go, go!
Q: Welcome, Steven. Thank you so much for joining us today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: I was born and raised in Wisconsin, where summers are scorching and winters are frigid. For that reason I mostly stay inside and write, but I’m a very social person and love to talk. I also play video games, but mostly the older ones.
Q: When did you begin writing?
A: My writing career began five years ago, going on six this July. In that time I’ve dreamed up a lot of books that I can’t wait to share with the world!
Q: Please tell us about Jollier Roger and the Golden Cross.
A: Jollier Roger is a pirate humor/adventure novel. That means you’re laughing one minute, and being thrilled the next! James Roberts has earned the nickname ‘Jollier Roger’ by ignoring all pirate behavior and keeping a mostly clean conscious. He’s the grandson of the legendary Bartholomew Roberts, and he’s after the Magic Treasures his grandfather scattered across the world. He has plenty of enemies though, including the white rat who lives on board his strange ship.
Q: How did you get the idea for the book?
A: I had just finished watched Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and I didn’t like it at all. It didn’t seem to fit with the other two movies, and I started going over how I would do it if I had written the script. Well… I liked it so much that by the next morning, I had started the first chapter.
Q: Have you always had an interest in pirates?
A: My favorite book has always been Treasure Island, and once I started researching historical pirate facts, I was hooked!
Q: Who is the ideal audience for your book?
A: Anyone who likes to laugh. There’s a lot of nonsense that fills the pages of Jollier Roger, and if you’re a good laugher you’ll find yourself flipping the pages pretty fast.
Q: What’s next in the Jollier Roger series?
A: Well not long after the events of book 1, another treasure hunt will get underway, and this one involves some pretty powerful villains and some very shocking twists. It’s called Jollier Roger and the Dice of Fate, and it should be out later this year.
Q: Your Facebook page and blog are very engaging. What else have you been doing to promote your new book?
A: I’ve been reaching out to the pirate community and they’ve been a great help. There are a lot of pirate shops, festivals, and really great fans who are willing to post my links around if I ask them to. It’s my goal to sort of tie the pirate community together.
Q: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
A: To have fun. You don’t write because you have to, or because you want to hit it rich. You write because you have fun with it, and only then will you feel your thoughts flowing and your career picking up.