“Pirate yarns are too often accompanied by a goofy hero/heroine who outruns grotesque zombies, translucent ghosts, singing mermaids, and/or monstrous krakens. I wanted to write a story that took pirates seriously and portrayed them as realistically as possible, while still spinning an entertaining yarn. I spent the better portion of a year studying piracy, ships, and the era in which the story would take place. I needed this world to feel as authentic as possible. The pirates are not caricatures; they are sailors who rebelled against ruthless captains, young men who rebelled against strict fathers, and slaves who seized their one chance for freedom.
I quickly decided on a female protagonist, as I intended to portray the pirates from the view of an innocent who had the most to fear from them. The evolution of Katherine Lindsay, who begins as a delicate woman from London taken hostage by Captain Jonathan Griffith, is the true heart of the book. While the chapters alternate through several other characters, their actions generally revolve around Lindsay. She is the monkey-wrench that grinds Harbinger’s gears to a halt, the wooden slipper that sabotages a perfectly oiled machine. I had not initially intended to end the book as it ends. Katherine Lindsay took on a mind of her own, and I must admit that even I lost control of her.”