As a part of the promotion for the imminent release of the Pirates and Ghosts anthology from Flame Tree Publishing, their blog features Q&As with the authors. In this second part, all the authors discuss their favourite pirate/ghost tales and/or the process they follow when writing.
Here’s my response:
I’ve been watching the TV series Black Sails lately, and I’m sure that’s been a big inspiration, but when it comes to books two really stand out for me. The first is On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers, and if you haven’t read it you should. But my favourite fictional pirate has to be Kennit Ludluck from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders. Kennit’s actions are persistently reprehensible, yet somehow the reader is manipulated into rooting for him at every turn!