1) Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name’s John Cabot and I’m a sea captain. I run the route between Boston and the West Indies. My brother Edward calls me a ne’er-do-well and holds me in contempt, but I think a lot of that contempt is because his son Kit (also my nephew) likes me better than him. Kit has always taken a shine to me...and I like him, too, although I enjoy needling my brother more. A lot of people might tell you that I’m a selfish person, but I’m not, not really.
2) What is your role in the story?
I found this strange red pearl in a sea cave near the West Indies, and the thing talks to me. It makes me do things that I don’t remember. Kit’s worried about me because he thinks I’m getting sick, in both mind and body. I guess he’s right, although I don’t think it’s as bad as he says. Anyway, I’m Kit’s biggest problem in the story. I’m the one he thinks he can save.
3) What is your favorite hobby?
Whoring and drinking in the West Indies. I’m a sea captain, after all, and not a very reputable one.
4) What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
I am trying to stay sane and be my own man, despite the red pearl’s constant whispering and its efforts to take me over.
5) If you could make one wish, what would it be?
Right now, my brother holds the purse strings, because he runs the company and pays me my monthly wage. If I could make a wish, I’d wish for my own fleet of shipping vessels, so I wouldn’t have to account to Edward, and could tell him to stuff it.
Title: Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl
Author: Tracy Fobes
Set on stormy seas during the early nineteenth century, Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl features a unique plot revolving around a classic adventure that quickly becomes supernatural horror.
In Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl, Kit Cabot is being groomed to take over his family’s shipping fortune in 1808 Boston, Massachusetts. While Kit yearns for the approval of his father, he finds the day-to-day operations of the family business incredibly boring.
Determined to do something more with his life, and attracted to the seafaring life of his uncle, Kit decides to stowaway on his uncle’s ship. But instead of being swept up in the life of adventure and romance he always imagined, Kit finds himself subjected to harsh 1800’s maritime conditions and another stowaway with a sinister mission of its own.
Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl combines high sea adventure with dark horror, and paints a world filled with both mundane and otherworldly dangers. It builds a claustrophobic sense of supernatural terror as Kit and his friends are forced to deal with the dangers of nature and an unknown horror possessing the ship.
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Pennsylvania author Tracy Fobes is an award-winning writer of ten novels in the categories of romance, paranormal, and horror. Prior to deciding that a literary career was her passion, Tracy gained a BS in Computer Science (minor in mathematics) from the University of Scranton and followed that path working as a computer systems analyst for the Fortune-500 conglomerate Johnson & Johnson. She now devotes herself to writing novels.
As she states, “The inspiration for a new story comes from many places: art, music, old movies, books, newspapers. Occasionally, when I’m listening to a song or looking at a painting, I feel an intuitive jolt, an unexpected click. An idea about that painting or song sets my creative impulses to bubbling. I can always tell when I’m on the right track because excitement grabs hold of me and the skin at the back of my neck tightens. The ideas that give me some sort of visceral reaction are the ones that usually end up as my stories. Stories about women and men who come together to love have always been my favorites.”
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