I’m a bit wary about making comparisons but if I have to do it, I’d say the book this one mostly resembles is probably Stalking Darkness, part two of Lynn Flewelling‘s Nightrunner series. I’ve written about it before (here) and it’s definitely my favourite among the Nightrunner books. The similarities are, well, the gay love theme, the plethora of characters, and in some way also the fact that there’s a plot in there that has nothing to do with sex and/or relationships. But Lynn Flewelling writes exciting fantasy novels that happen to have gay protagonists, while I write romancey pirate novels where the gay theme is the main one and other parts of the plot are secondary. Still, the Nightrunner books have inspired me a lot and I’d be thrilled if anyone who likes Lynn Flewelling’s books would enjoy this one too. 🙂
Wavesongs is the first book in a planned trilogy. And I can’t tell you anything about the remaining two before you’ve read the first one, so… sorry about today’s very short post. Spoilers are bad for you!
My favourite part of the story is the beginning of the Captain/Chris relationship, when everything is new and sweet and Chris adores the Captain more than anything. They explore each other and the Captain gently introduces Chris to a kind of love and intimacy he has never experienced before. It’s very tender and Chris is so much in love at this point.
I adore this ship so much and I adore the Captain, and I think the fact that it’s a “doomed” ship actually makes me like it more… I love that they really go from hope to despair (as one of my beta readers described it), that there’s all this drama, all this tension. BFF ships and the like are terribly sweet and I like that too, but I’ll take messy, angsty dysfunctional ships over the cutesy romantic stuff any day of the week. 😉
I can’t think of one character in this story that resembles me, really. Or rather, a lot of them are like me in certain aspects, but that’s it. Of course, my protagonist has a lot in common with me (kindness, fondness of animals, that sort of thing), but so have many other characters. I’m not the kind of writer who uses my own life and experiences in my writing, not to the extent that many others do, and I don’t see myself in my characters. I’ve always used my writing as a form of escapism – I create worlds and characters that are very far from my own life, and I feel uncomfortable writing stuff that’s too close to home, so to speak. That’s what the diary is for!
I had to think about this one for so long, haha. Even went through my index of all the characters (so many pages!), but I don’t think I dislike writing about any of them, really. There are characters I had to work a lot with to make them how I wanted them to be, but I always liked them – I just felt that they weren’t ready yet.
So, my answer to this question will be Chris, my protagonist – not because I don’t like writing about him, because I do, but because he’s the one character I’m always writing about and that can sometimes get tiresome. That’s the only reason I can think of but otherwise I love letting him face all these situations and all the drama and craziness that comes with a relationship with a mentally unstable pirate captain. I’m having so much fun. 🙂