by Isaiah T. Silkwood
North American Book Award’s First Place Honor for Young Adult Fiction in 2014.
Shipwrecked on the island of Gealach—an isle lost in the mist of mythology and mystery—Captain Fish-Eye finds himself pushed to his limits. He must prove to Wokey the Shrimp, his first mate in a crew of one, and more importantly to himself, that he has what it takes to be a true pirate captain.
This won’t be as easy as a walk off the gangplank with the bloodthirsty crew of the Harsh One and their slaughtering captain hot in Fish-Eye’s wake. Things only get worse when Fish-Eye and Shrimp encounter a castaway tormented with the idea that he is a werewolf.
Naught be as it seems on the island of Gealach.
“Silkwood did a fantastic job of weaving several intricate tales into the story line that I was very impressed and pleasantly surprised with!”
“Reading this book is like jumping onto a new ride at Disney World and beginning that whirling dervish of adventure, intrigue, challenge, and even – to surprise us all – an enormous tug-of-war between good and evil, within the pirate groups themselves, resulting in an examination of the very roots of tyranny.”
“I would recommend to anyone of any age. It is a book that really gets your imagination going.”
CIR: What inspired this book?
SILKWOOD: My brother Zechariah and I spent a lot of time filming our own movies back in high school. One such film was the Island of the Black Gold. Like all our films, Zech and I fulfilled all of the character roles ourselves. Zechariah played a fun-loving, skilled pirate known as Wokey the Shrimp, and I played Captain Fish-Eye, who was always trying to prove that he was actually good enough to be considered the captain of his counterpart. I loved these characters and set about adapting the film into a novel. When I did this, I found the original material was lacking the necessary depth for a full novel so I kept Fish-Eye, Shrimp, and Dex, and put them in a whole new setting.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
SILKWOOD: I think Ringo is one of my favorite characters. He is obscure and most people won’t latch onto him. That being said, demonstrating in a comedic manner how gossip can lead people to believe something entirely untrue was a lot of fun. Coming in as a close second could be Wrimy. He was a blast to write because he intentionally pushes people to their limits, perhaps to make them a better person, but also to see what will happen when they blow up. This is starkly against my personality, and I think that is the fun and freedom of creating characters. They will do what you wouldn’t, and you love them for it.
CIR: What message do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
SILKWOOD: I wrote the book as an adventure story, but I cannot deny that there are some spiritual elements in the book, sparse as they may be, and I give God all the glory in the writing of the book. I represent God as providence in the pages. Like in life, sometimes it seems as if God is not there, but He is always there calling you to Himself. I hope that the readers will come away with a curiosity for the God of the Bible.
CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
SILKWOOD: Only for younger readers. If you couple the scariest parts of Pirates of the Caribbean with the most action-filled parts of the film, you will come away with the objectionable content in my book, which is rather nil. I have had several people tell me the book is great for all ages, however I recommend eleven years old and up.
CIR: Is there more coming?
SILKWOOD: Yes there is. Of Pirates and Werewolves Book 2 will be out this summer(2016)! Gealach gets darker when the moon comes out!