I just finished reading Seven Jane’s debut novel The Isle of Gold.
When it came out, I interviewed Seven Jane, and shortly after I purchased the book on iBooks.
I reviewed this book on Goodreads as well.
This was a fantastic debut novel. It was exciting and blended history and mythology really well. I was loving it.
There was enough anticipation at every turn, wondering what will happen, what hardship will they face, how will they overcome. The pacing was great until the ending.
That was the only part I disliked.
The big fight that the whole book has been leading up to is skipped over. One character is revealed to be a mythological creature, and in my opinion, it was unnecessary amidst all the other surprise identities.
Even with my dislike of the ending, I’d say this book is a 4/5. I still highly recommend it, as everything else is excellent and well-written.
I recently encountered Seven Jane
on Twitter and learned she is releasing her debut novel on October 9th. Her novel, The Isle of Gold
is historical fiction set in 1716 on a pirate ship. Check out the full description here
The Isle of Gold sounds really exciting and the summary on your website piques my interest. How did you come to this idea and the premise of the story?
“I have always loved pirate stories and being out on the sea. The idea for this story came in a dream, and the characters largely determined the rest themselves.”
What was your favorite part of writing The Isle of Gold?
“Writing this story required a lot of research, which was absolutely amazing! I love sailing, but of course have never sailed a wooden ship nor eaten pirate fare, so learning about these elements was fascinating. I was even able to tour some recreation wooden sailing vessels, which was an incredible experience—to put to sea with creaking boards underneath like a sailor might in the 17th century.”
What was the hardest part of the writing process for you?
“Mixing fantasy with fact is always hard, as well as staying true to original folklore without repeating the same old story. I tried to do this the best I could, while weaving an entirely new tale.”
Was there any aspect of writing a novel that you hadn’t expected or heard about from other authors? If so, what was it?
“I think the biggest surprise in writing a historical fiction piece was how many details would come up requiring research. It’s not the same in fiction (although it certainly can be). Along the way I had to research everything from how to caulk a ship to trim a cigar, and finding answers to some of my more unusual questions certainly took more time than I expected, though it was all certainly worth it in the end!”