Meet My Main Character — Jake Hawking

J.M. Aucoin . Jake Hawking Adventures, Writing about writing 1852

Author Helen Hollick  has passed the baton on to me for a series of posts by fiction authors in which we introduce the main character of our work in progress or soon to be published novel. Give her post a read when you get a moment.

As for me, I chose my cerebral pirate hero — Captain Jake Hawking.

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

His name is Jake Hawking. He’s a pirate captain in the early half of the 18th century. He’s not a historical character nor based on any real historical character. But he does operate in the treasure rich waters of the West Indies during the Golden Age of Piracy.  So you never know. He might run into a real historical pirate at some point.

A Pirates Honor Jake Hawking Cover2) When and where is the story set?

The Jake Hawking Adventures takes place during the early decades of the 18th Century in the Caribbean. The first three short stories, specifically, take place in 1715. Aves Island, Tortuga, and Kingston all make appearances in the first few stories.

3) What should we know about him/her?

He’s a cerebral pirate. He’d rather outthink his adversaries than just run them through with the sword. He could do that. He’s a very able swordsman, but he prefers to not take a life if he can help it. Sometimes this gets him in even deeper trouble as he allows his enemies to live and keep hunting him. Those decisions aren’t always very popular with his crew, as one might imagine. He wasn’t always a pirate and smuggler, but life doesn’t often go the way people plan.

Aside from his personal characteristics, Jake Hawking is, in many ways, an homage to Rafael Sabatini’s Captain Peter Blood, who also preferred to outwit his opponents than run them through. Hawking continues that tradition of the cerebral pirate. But doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of action and swordplay, though!

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

It varies from story to story, but there is a general theme or over-arching plot to the first three Jake Hawking Adventures. The Governor of Havana has hired three of the most dangerous bounty hunters, privateers, and pirate hunters in the region to hunt and capture Hawking and his crew — dead or alive. So each of the first three short stories revolve around one or more of these bounty hunters trying to get their hands on Hawking and his ship.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

In these three stories? Survive, really. The life of a pirate was tough and often short. It could end at the drop of a hat thanks to a storm, disease, or battle. And when three pirate hunters are on your tail, Hawking’s worried about weathering the storm (sorry for the pun) at the moment.

Cover-lowrestrim6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The first three short stories are entitled A Pirate’s HonorThe Royal Bounty Hunter, and Little Queen’s Gambit, respectively. All three short stories are being compiled into an omnibus collection with some bonus material, entitled Jake Hawking & the Bounty Hunters.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

If all goes well, Jake Hawking & the Bounty Hunters is due out at the end of the month/early May.

Also, folks can get a free preview of the first story — A Pirate’s Honor — as an Ebook download from Monday, April 21st –  Friday, April 25th.

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Thanks for visiting … here are the next authors to follow me; they will post about their main characters on Tuesday April 29  (next week):

Michael C. Bailey

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J.M. Aucoin

Author. Fencer. Sometimes actor. Full-time nerd. I write swashbucklers & historical adventure novels.