The Red Flag

Inspiration for The Red Flag

November 30, 2018

Julia discusses her inspiration for writing The Red Flag and the exploration of the idea of villainy on the blog, Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots, in her guest blog post:

What would a villain have to do to lose support from a sympathetic audience? We as humans have a love for the underdog, for the misunderstood hero. We look to the Golden Age of Piracy for adventure, romance, and treasure. We root for the small thieves, the soul-tortured swashbucklers, and cheer when they do the right thing or grow a heart. Pirates were just trying to live a better life, after all, and weren’t real villains. Or were they? When I started The Red Flag, I had one goal in mind: to give readers the truth. Pirates were some of the cruelest people who ever lived. And they enjoyed being cruel.

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Announcements and News, The Red Flag

Audiobook in Production!

November 23, 2018

I am excited to announce that The Red Flag is now in production for an audiobook and will be narrated by the talented Thomas Cardwell!

Tom is not just the perfect narrator, having captured the tone of the book, but he has also successfully and wonderfully brought each of the characters to life. It’s been surreal to hear Captain Boswell’s voice out loud just as I have in my head, and I hope all of you will feel the same.

The audiobook has officially entered production today which means Tom has just begun to record it. While it does not have an exact release date yet, it should be completed in about a month. Aside from being recorded, the book will also have to go through review quality checks.

I will, of course, keep you all updated as necessary. For now, spread the word, and join me in welcoming Tom aboard!

To learn more about Tom, visit his website at ThomasCardwell.com.

The Red Flag

Why Are We so Attracted to Pirates?

November 10, 2018

Julia discusses this question on the blog, Linda’s Book Bag, in her guest blog post, “Pirates!”

Ask any historian who the worst people in history were, there’s a good chance they’ll answer pirates. The Golden Age of Piracy from 1650 to 1730 saw men commit some of the most heinous crimes imaginable, well beyond the simple plundering for which they’re known. They were the terrorists of those decades. Yet some three hundred years after its end, pirates are celebrated like heroes. Today, we hold pirate festivals, participate in International Talk like a Pirate Day, and wear pirate Halloween costumes. If pirates were so terrible, then why are we so attracted to them?

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