An Idahoan who loves nature, Craig writes whenever he's got a free moment. Busy though he is, he makes time for writing. It's one of his great loves, as is obvious by his long list of top-notch publications.
I've read four of Craig's books, and all have earned 5-stars from me. As you might suspect, I'm really looking forward to reading his latest.
Rather than me saying more, let's invite Craig to tell us about his book. Craig, it's all yours . . .
conclusion of my trilogy, and I want to tell you how it became a trilogy in the first place.
I wanted to write a gunpowder fantasy. These are not medieval in nature, like most fantasies.
Time marched on and gunpowder is part of the mix. This led me through a couple of ideas, but
pirates kept floating to the surface, and Voyage of the Lanternfish was born.
I’m kind of known for stand alone stories. My inner circle kept prodding me to write a series, and
I always take them seriously. After the first volume came out, I got a lot of comments and
correspondence asking for more. One even asked for a story solely about root monsters.
I thought I left it all on the page. I truly expected to move on to something else. Requests for
more are powerful things, and I couldn’t ignore that. I went through the idea that a series just
involves more stories in the existing environment. The world of Lanternfish is quite rich in lore,
creatures, and even monsters. Somehow, the idea of sailing somewhere else and taking on a
quest didn’t quite work for me.
Sales were going well, comments kept coming in. Then, one afternoon, Star Wars came on the
television. (As it so often does.) The Muse whispered in my ear and the idea of a classic trilogy
Voyage of the Lanternfish involved several characters being exposed to something much
bigger than their ordinary lives. The country was on the verge of war. I already had a worthy
ship with more cannon than anything else at sea. How might it, under the guidance of it’s
captain, play a role in the coming war?
HMS Lanternfish followed, and in classic style there is kind of a beat down for our heroes.
Things don’t look too good for the outcome of the war. James determined to settle down on a
neutral continent, and live happily ever after with his wife.
The only problem was their royal houseguest. James and Bonnie couldn’t just abandon her to
her fate. She’s being hunted by their enemies and it’s only a matter of time before trouble finds
them, even half-a-world away from the turmoil. Time becomes a factor, but Bonnie and the
others should be safe for a while.
Thus, we come to Wreck of the Lanternfish. James takes his ship to sea once more to see if he can influence the outcome of the war. To pull this off, he’s going to have to grow and expand his horizons. There will be risk, loss, and changes he can’t unwind. To find out how this all turns out, pick up Wreck of the Lanternfish. It wraps up a classic trilogy, and I’m pleased with the way it all worked out.
James Cuttler created a peaceful spot for he and his wife to settle down. Far from the war that ravages their homeland, far from the reputation he earned as the notorious pirate Captain Bloodwater, and far from responsibility.
A royal Prelonian houseguest is a constant reminder of what’s at stake half a world away, of the friends he put ashore to fight the war. He lives in a dream world that’s temporary, at best. It’s only a matter of time before his guest is identified and the black assassins come for her.
He mortgages his precious vineyard to pay for repairs to his ship. If nothing else, Lanternfish will be one of the most powerful ships in the war, if he’s not already too late.
James will have to merge the skills of commander and con man into something new to make this work. He’ll need to avoid those on his own side who would hang him for piracy.
Serang is half a world away, leading her army of mercinary swordsmen toward the Fulminites. Mistrusted by both sides of the war, she appears as a third combatant on the battlefield. She may eliminate the mysterious order, only to succumb to the demons of her own tragic past.
Strap on your swords and hoist the colors one more time as the thrilling Lanternfish Trilogy comes to an end.