I was recently tagged by fellow Fireship Press author, Kim Rendfeld, to participate in a series of blog articles where authors introduce the main character of either a work in progress or an upcoming release. I want to thank Kim for this opportunity to introduce (and re-introduce to previous readers) Jack Mallory, the protagonist of my two previous novels, The Prodigal and The Alliance, as well as my next novel, The Fortune, which will be released later this year.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Jack Mallory is fictional. I had a very specific story to tell, so I wanted a character with no historical “baggage,” so to speak. The historical aspect of the story is important for the setting–piracy, the world of wooden ships and those who sailed upon them, and Colonial (South) Carolina and its plantation society. Jack’s life reflects that history.
2) When and where is the story set?
The Fortune, like the other two books in the series, takes place both at sea and on land, specifically in the colonial province of Carolina, focusing on Charles Town (modern-day Charleston) in the early 1690’s.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Jack came from a loving family, born in London, England, where his father was a tanner. Jack and his parents set sail to America as indentured servants. It was during this journey that James Logan and his pirates attacked, killing Jack’s father and kidnapping his mother. This singular act has ramifications for Jack throughout all three books. It’s the very core of his personal struggle with balancing good and evil: to resort to a life of piracy to avenge his father and learn the truth about his mother’s relationship with her kidnapper, and to try to recover the honest life he lost on that fateful journey to America.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
In The Fortune, Jack’s main conflict is his struggle to abandon his life of piracy and embrace a new, honest life on land with those dearest to him, specifically Maria and Helen. But his plans go awry when he is arrested. From there a series of events are set in motion that will determine which path he will ultimately have to take: a continued life of crime or a peaceful family life on land.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Besides the struggle mentioned in the previous two answers, Jack’s goal in The Fortune is to finally learn the true nature of his mother’s relationship with James Logan, to know whether or not his efforts to rescue her had indeed been heroic or a tragic mistake.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
As you know by now, the title is The Fortune. Another title that has dual meanings–not just the name of a vessel critical to the story but to a plot point as well. The cover art will be revealed soon, along with a jacket blurb to whet your appetite. Check back here or at my website, skkeogh.com, to see it or visit/”like” my Facebook page.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
Look for The Fortune this fall. A specific date will be released following the cover reveal. If you’d like to receive an email from me to notify you when it’s available in electronic and print forms, use the contact form below to provide me with your email address.
I have tagged author Dianne Ascroft as the next one in this game of blog tag. Learn about her main character next week over on her blog!