About the Book
Book: Silver Bounty
Author: Victoria McCombs
Genre: YA Pirate Fantasy
Release date: January 10, 2023
Never Trust a Pirate
Emme is tasked with getting rid of the king, but kings are not an easy target, and this one is bent on purging his lands of pirates. As Emme’s job becomes increasingly dangerous, she learns to survive the pirate way—cunning and merciless—while consoling herself with one fact: she’s just doing what it takes to get home.
But when Emme mistakenly takes out the wrong man, not even the protective pirate captain can save her from the consequences. In a string of betrayals, one thing is certain. You can never trust a pirate.
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About the Author
Victoria McCombs is the author of The Storyteller’s Series, and The Royal Rose Chronicles, with hopefully many more to come. She survives on hazelnut coffee, 20-minute naps, and a healthy fear of her deadlines, all while raising three wildlings with her husband in Omaha, Nebraska.
More from Victoria
Pirates are more civilized than I gave them credit for. Did you know the captain didn’t have complete authority over the ship? While researching for the book, I discovered they used a voting system, and the captain followed what the crew wanted. Usually pirate stories depict a strong captain that makes all the decisions, so it was a fun twist to include more of the democracy style of the early pirates into my story. With that, came the fun power struggles as different crew members wanted different things, and they all try to sway the command of the ship. Smaller crew alliances form, friendships are tested, trust broken, and the future of the Royal Rose comes into question as, at times, the greatest threat to them lies within their own crew.
Author Interview with Victoria
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I actually haven’t gone on any!
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Caitlin Lamber’s What Lies Above is a fantastic debut!
How do you select the names of your characters?
Emme (pronounced with two syllables) was one I heard as a child and loved. Arn was from the tv show Prince Valiant.
What was your hardest scene to write?
There was a scene in this one where Emme’s disease is growing worse. She realized she can’t write anymore. This disease is based on the genetic one that runs through my family, and that is the moment that I fear the most—realizing my hands no longer work and I can’t write anymore.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Anything by Jessica Day George! I loved her Princess of the Midnight Ball series.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Read intentionally. I used to read just to enjoy a story, then never think about why I enjoyed it. Now I think about how they set up the story in the first chapter, how they grab our attention, how they end chapters and how they string together dialogue with action beats. All of that makes me a better writer, but I could have one that a lot sooner.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
The plot, for sure! I actually write the blurb (back of book pitch) before anything else, so I make sure my plot is enticing before I dive into who the characters are.
Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
I love Adrienne Young. She writes really strong women who aren’t breaking gender norms in the story by being fearless, pants-wearing, game-playing women. That’s just how people are. And it’s refreshing to read.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m likely drinking coffee and playing games with my family!
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
Such a basic answer but I’d love to hang out with C.S. Lewis and go over book ideas with him. I’d divert the cooking to my husband (and everyone would appreciate that) and ask him to cook a deep-dish pizza.
Thank you for letting us get to know you!
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