Wayne’s new release, Siren’s Song has just been released. (It’s brilliant.) So, I thought I’d catch up and ask him a few questions
1. So, tell us a little bit about Siren’s Song.
Siren’s Song is the story of a tramp steamer, and the romance and adventures of those aboard her.Built in the late nineteenth century, Siren’s Song begins life as a small passenger liner running a route from England to South Africa and on to India. Her maiden voyage deals with a young woman journeying to the end of the earth to be reunited with her lost love. Of course, the lovers, steamer and the world are about to be plunged into the world-changing horror that was World War One. Later, as a worn-out tramp steamer, Siren, escapes from Europe with a load of Jewish refugees as World War Two heats up, and America invades North Africa. Of course, Siren will attempt to cross the Atlantic, dodging a U-boat with a strange reluctance to sink her.
Ultimately, we join Siren in the present, as a very old lady, with a new pair of lovers, out to learn all the steamer’s secrets, perhaps at the cost of their lives.
2. How did the idea come to you?
My dad is a US Navy veteran of WWII. I grew up hearing stories of his adventures aboard two aircraft carriers ( one being the Ranger, featured in Siren’s Song) and quickly learned to love war movies, aircraft and anything nautical. Over the years, he and I have realized that most of the books and movies about WWII deal with the war in the Pacific or the land war in Europe. Operation Torch was the first really unified allied door-opener of the war against the Axis powers, yet it’s been largely ignored. So I guess Siren’s Song started as a bit of a tribute to my dad and all the other young men who put their lives on the line so early in the war. Being a certified scuba diver in New England for years, I had to throw some of my underwater experiences in. Many people envision shipwrecks as being largely intact, sometimes even having rotted sails still aloft. Having dove a number of wrecks here, I can assure you, most have been battered into twisted garbage.
3. Where can we buy it?
Siren’s Song is available through Fido Publishing’s website, and I imagine most of the usual e-book sources. I know Kindle has it.
4. Have you written anything else/do you have anything else in the pipeline? Tell us more!
Oh boy, we really are opening Pandora’s box here. In my other life, I’m Jack Osprey, and I’m primarily a writer of erotic horror. I’ve a number of novels published by eXcessica and one by Noble, available through their sites, All-Romance, Kindle etc. There’s the Grim Island trilogy, Ghast ( a South African serial killer who videos everything, but never leaves a body), and Rope Dance, the first in a series of pirate ebooks. Excessica has also published All Steamed Up, the first in a series of steampunk adventures set primarily in England, India and the US. Ironically, I’m currently working on the third in the series, Penny, called Penny Dreadful, dealing with the further perilous adventures of Penelope Fox.
5. What’s your ideal read/what authors do you adore?
Favorite authors. Well, Steven King, when he first began writing. The shining scared the poo out of me. Paul Kearney, Rudyard Kipling, and Caitlin Kittredge. Also Jaye Valentine and Reno Macleod.
6. Tell us three random/quirky things about yourself!
Let’s see. Besides writing, I’m a painter of military figures (mostly British) and fantasy females. I’ve a habit of creating and painting a figure of each of my books’ heroines. Almost all of my books will contain elements or characters involved with the sea, and very often a pet monkey of some sort. Lastly, in writing Siren’s Song, I included some real friends as characters. The sickly old husky, Kaiya, is my dog. Happily, at fifteen, she’s still with us.
Interested readers can reach me at this email, email@example.com, or my website, Jack Osprey’s Dark Dreams.