Author Interview: Rima L Jean

The Noble Pirates by Rima L Jean successfully blends fact with fiction to create a romantic adventure on the high seas. As I stated in my review, it is an entertaining novel that is fun to read with its orginal approach and likeable characters. I was pleased on Rima L Jean’s behalf to discover that The Noble Pirates has been picked up by a publishing house and will be available in hardback in early June. I had the chance to ask Rima a few questions about her writing and would like to welcome her to Book’d Out today.

Q:  What was the initial spark behind the premise for The Noble Pirates?

Rima: Several factors contributed to that initial spark, but essentially it all boiled down to my need to write historical fiction that was as true to the facts as possible – from the living conditions and hygiene, to the historical personages and their lives – while still maintaining a modern, popular appeal. Dropping a modern woman in the 18th century provided me a way to recreate a slice of history through the eyes of one of our own.

Q:  How much research was involved in writing the story? What was your best resource?

Rima: Tons! I now own a complete library of books on the Golden Age of Piracy. There are so many amazing books and websites on the subject of pirates. My absolute best resources were The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard, Raiders and Rebels by Frank Sherry, and The Sea Rover’s Practice by Benerson Little. I also managed to befriend some serious pirate re-enactors in the process, and they were tremendously helpful in providing information regarding the little details of life on a pirate ship.

Q: The Noble Pirates combines time travel, adventure, history and romance – what audience do you think will enjoy this story most?

Rima: That’s a tough question. I think it can appeal to most anyone, but I am finding that lovers of historical fiction, particularly women, are the largest segment of my readers. People who love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series are likely to enjoy it, as there are common elements between the stories.

Q:  How did you feel about deleting a large section at the beginning of the book?

Rima: I’m fine with it. I wouldn’t have done it otherwise. The first six chapters were backstory and something of a warm-up for me, so dropping them from the book didn’t bother me too much. I agree that jumping into the action straight away is far more appealing to readers.

Q: What is your motivation for serialising the sequel, Liberi?

Rima: There is so much untold pirate history! The legend of Libertalia provides so much fodder for an eager novelist that I simply couldn’t let the chance slip me by! And of course, there’s the romantic aspect of the story, and certain unfinished plotlines that readers are anxious about.

Q: Noble Pirates was just picked up by a publisher (congratulations!) what, if any, difference will that make to the story?

Rima: Hopefully, not much. I have yet to see the edits, but I expect they won’t be too extreme. All in all, the story should be the same.

Q: Errol Flynn or Johnny Depp?

Rima: Johnny Depp, no question!

Q:  What are you reading right now?

Rima: I am reading several books at once – I am finishing up The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Perterson, beginning The Pilgrim Glass by Julie Rose, and jumping around in Hunting Pirate Heaven by Kevin Rushby.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Rima. Congratulations again on The Noble Pirates being in stores soon!


Visit Rima L Jean’s website to read an excerpt of The Noble Pirate and follow her serialised sequel, Liberi.

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