Wavesongs

The Importance of Clothing

Do you have an interest in fashion? I know I do, and for me fashion is one of the best things about writing historical fiction. There have been so many amazing clothing styles throughout history, and clothes have always been important to show one’s status, wealth and so on. I love doing research on this topic, and I’ve got tons of Pinterest boards filled with old portraits, patterns, and images from museum collections.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with the 18th century, and the fashion plays a very large part in it. I adore the men’s fashion in particular, since it’s so fun and colorful compared to what men wear nowadays.

My pirate trilogy Wavesongs takes place during the beginning of the 18th century, which means I had the opportunity to go all in with the fashion of that era when I wrote the series. I’ve got lists describing in detail what each character wears—at the time, clothes were a luxury, so the average person didn’t have many items to choose from. The fabrics and colors used signalled the wearer’s position in society—or, for that matter, in a pirate crew.

Here are my ridiculously detailed lists of garments worn by the two main characters, Nick and Christopher:

Nick

Ashore (in Corona):

  • White linen shirt
  • White linen cravat
  • White linen stockings
  • Cream white silk waistcoat with light blue silk embroidery (floral pattern)
  • Light blue cotton breeches with fall front fastening
  • Light blue cotton cassock with white floral embroidery at the wrists and hem
  • Black leather shoes with steel buckles

Everyday attire:

  • White linen shirt
  • Grey wool stockings (after Corona: white linen stockings)
  • Clogs with wooden soles and well-worn brown leather, handmade by his father (these are too small for him and barely usable anymore—after Corona he wears his new black leather shoes instead of the clogs)
  • Dark brown wool breeches
  • Light brown wool waistcoat

Christopher

During attack/ashore:

  • White linen shirt with ruffles at the wrists
  • White linen drawers
  • White linen cravat, laced
  • White silk stockings
  • Red silk sash around his waist
  • Dark brown leather belt
  • Felt round hat, black, with a green feather
  • Dark grey silk breeches with fall front fastening
  • Light grey silk waistcoat, embroidered with a white floral pattern
  • Red velvet cassock, with gold embroidery at the wrists, collar, pockets and along the hem
  • Black leather jackboots (Hessians, over the knee)

Everyday attire:

  • White linen shirt
  • White linen drawers
  • White linen cravat
  • White linen stockings
  • Dark brown leather belt
  • Grey wool breeches with fall front fastening
  • Red damask waistcoat (floral pattern)
  • Black wool cassock with silver embroidery at the wrists, collar, pockets and along the hem
  • Black leather shoes with silver buckles

Which historical period do you think has the best fashion?

Wavesongs on sale!

To celebrate the upcoming release of At His Mercy, all three books in the Wavesongs trilogy are on sale right now for $0.99 each. If you’re looking for an exciting pirate story about love and adventure in the Caribbean, you might want to check it out.

Book 1, Astray

Book 2, Forlorn

Book 3, Ablaze

Will they have their happy ending?

AblazeWell, you can finally find that out, because the last book in the Wavesongs series, Ablaze, is released today. You can buy it on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. If you prefer reading on paper, the paperback will be available shortly.

I’m so excited about this book and about finishing the series, which has been a huge part of my life for many years. I’d like to thank all my readers for taking a chance on my story. I hope you’ll enjoy Ablaze!

Ablaze cover reveal

The release date for Ablaze, the final book in the Wavesongs series, is only a few weeks away – the book will be out on December 8. I’m so excited about it and I hope all you readers will enjoy it!

If you want to make sure you receive it as soon as it is available, you can pre-order it on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

If you haven’t read the previous books, now’s your chance because Astray, the first Wavesongs book, is currently on sale for only $0.99. Available on Adlibris, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bokus, iBooks, Kobo, Playster and Scribd!

I also have something exciting to show you – Ablaze‘s pretty cover! Here it is:

Ablaze

Hope you like it! ❤

Release day today!

Forlorn is finally being released today, and I’m really excited. This book didn’t take a lot of time from start to finish compared to Astray, but writing a novel is always a lengthy process that takes plenty of effort. The setting in this second part of the series is quite different from the first book, and I truly enjoyed writing it. Perhaps not at all stages (I always find the very first round of editing more or less painful), but I am fond of this book and I had tons of fun creating it.

Buy it here: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Paperback coming soon!