Why Pirates?

This post was originally written for Inez Kelley’s blog.

I have never been a particular fan of pirates. They’re really just thieves on boats, right? (*ducks missiles*)

Perhaps that’s why the heroine of The Duke and the Pirate Queen was actually a privateer, sanctioned by her government to hunt pirates. She’s on the side of Law. Mostly. She fought and fights against enemies who have fewer scruples than she does, and that makes them more dangerous.

However, even though I’m not fond of pirate moral codes, I do adore their outfits. And action scenes! Flinging themselves from one ship to another, brandishing cutlasses, ululating bloodcurdling battle shrieks, all while very snappily dressed in silks and velvets and too much jewelry.

Okay, so maybe I do like pirates….

What I like are when pirates are the villains. True, I’ve enjoyed quite a few romance novels with pirate heroes, but those heroes always ended up vindicated in the end. For me, pirates are like vampires. I prefer them as villains. They’re really snazzy villains.

And what I wanted was to see is how my heroes stand up against them.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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