“Oh, my gosh, Colleen, thanks for having me over today. Winter is a good time to get away from the writing cabin.
“Craig wanted me to deliver my poster, then let him discuss the character of Fala. It seems I drift off topic too much for him sometimes. I brought his statement, and you can include it, but Fala is a cool character. She’s been through a lot and came through it tempered and stronger.”
“I’d better let Craig have his say, or he’ll have a hissy fit… again. Here you are.”
While drafting Voyage of the Lanternfish, it occurred to me that life in earlier times wasn’t easy for anyone. Pick any era you like, and they faced plagues, discrimination, abuse at the hands of so-called superiors, and more.
The character of Fala literally walked into a scene and wanted to bring some of this up. Women have been treated horribly throughout history. Few people were charitable, and they expected something from everyone.
Fala is a supporting character who is fleeing from abuse. She’s willing to work, and work hard. She seems to have been pushed toward the oldest profession by employers who deny her a living wage, enough food to eat, or a safe place to sleep. Of course, she could better her position if she took on some additional duties.
At the moment of her debut, she’s had enough of it. She’s wandering in the wilderness and doesn’t much care if this marks the end of her life. Her attitude made it fairly easy for her to transition to piracy.
It takes her a long time to trust other people, particularly men. This is mingled with her fatalistic view of life for a woman. I thought it fairly realistic for her to not give a damn one moment and then be a bit standoffish in another.
It turned out that working in taverns taught her about basic math. She knows about supply, warehousing, and other valuable tasks. This led her to the position of Quartermaster aboard the Lanternfish.
Fala and several others are what I call mid-level characters. They aren’t the leads, but they aren’t random crew either. I thought it was important to give these mid-tier folks a bit of a character arc even if it only encompasses a few pages.
Voyage of the Lanternfish is a pirate fantasy. You can expect tall ships, sea battles, and all the pirate trappings you love. It’s also one of my books, so there are monsters, black magic, and even a magic item or two. I hope you’ll hoist the colors and come along for the voyage.
“That hoist the colors line was supposed to be mine. Whatever the boss wants, I suppose. Let’s get to the poster.”
“I really enjoyed posing as Fala. I’m an animal lover, and her anvil bird is so cute. He says a few things and adds a bit of color to life aboard a ship. Your readers are welcome to save the poster or share it on Pinterest. They make good backgrounds on your computers and gadgets.
“I have a few more stops to make and intend to use some personal time while I’m away from all those snowdrifts. Hope your readers take a chance on Voyage of the Lanternfish, and thanks for having me over.”
An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.
He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.
James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.
Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
Thanks for stopping by. I managed to get a pre-publication copy of “Voyage of the Lanternfish” from Lisa. Stay tuned… I’ll review this book soon! ❤
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.