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Ruth Finnegan
Ruth Finnegan Author Interview

Voyage of Pearl of the Seas follows two children who go on a whirlwind adventure where the boy must make an incredible sacrifice. Did the idea for the prequel to Black Inked Pearl come while you were writing that book or sometime afterwards?

Afterwards, in a dream. The idea of it being a “fairytale” comes from away back in my childhood, but also reminded, recently, by The Alchemist, a wonderful book.

I felt like the children were a symbol for something greater. Did you intend the story to portray them this way?

Yes ( though I hadn’t realised it when I was writing the book). Kate on the face of it is timid and exploring but with deep spiritual female strength which sustains them both, Christy male and on the face of it arrogant but a great skipper who is rightly humble before the waves and his beloved ship, recognises his dependence in Kate without whom he knows he wound never have voyaged at all and (her I disagree p with one reviewer’s assessment) makes the sacrifice of his young (growing-up and facing-things) life in turning back for the sake of Holly and Kate.

So the story in a way symbolises the female spiritual side of our nature and “the power of the weak” complementing male strength and expert mastery. We need both.

But forget all that – I’d say that basically it’s just a good yarn in its own right.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Mainly that God/Allah/Oluwa/whoever exists and is known worldwide by many names.

That fairy tales can hold deep truth.

What has been the most surprising reader reaction to your novel so far?

Not identifying insightfully with Christy ( and the Christy- dimension if OURSELVES) and so not realising the deep, well concealed, and enduring pain of his having to give up his lifelong and do-able plan to sail round the world.

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An award-winning unput-downable tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful – but accident-prone – dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names’. After an incredible sacrifice of his dearest dream by the boy (now growing up) they return – another dream – to a family tea with their loved ones. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan’s award-winning epic romance ‘Black inked pearl’, here adapted for preteens but characterised by (in a simpler form) the same unique dream-like and enchanted style as in the original novel. 

Voyage of Pearl of the Seas

Voyage of Pearl of the Seas by [Ruth Finnegan]

Ruth Finnegan’s Voyage of Pearl of The Seas is more than meets the eye. It is the story of two kids and a beloved dog – Chris, Kate, and Holly. They build a boat from a log they find in the sand of a beach and embark on what they hope will be a thrilling adventure.

They face unprecedented challenges, ultimately finding themselves in a fantastical land with a King much reminiscent of God. He has many names and speaks of creation and wisdom. He particularly tells stories that seem to be related to those included in Biblical text. But what is even more intriguing about him is that he gives gifts that come in handy in some of the most unlikely of situations.

While this story is full of much of the awe and wonder that you expect from a fairytale, there are some unexpected concepts here. For instance, one of the main characters, Chris is hailed as a hero yet many of his mannerisms don’t portray him as such. He seems to be inconsiderate, entitled, and even condescending, particularly to women. Several times in the story, he has disparaging thoughts about Kate. At some point, he even forgets about her and abandons her in a “wilderness”. Yet through it all, she seems to be very concerned about his needs, putting them first in many situations. And while he did eventually sacrifice his dream to save Holly, it is not much of a voluntary grand gesture but rather a last-minute decision made in a crisis. However, it must be said that the author does a great job at weaving together the different facets of this story – the physical, emotional, and the fantastical.

That aside, the language used is poetic, adding a creative lyrical aspect to this story. There are songs, poems, and unexpected dialogue embedded within the flowery prose.

There is one thing that’s clear though- Kate’s timidity seems to increase across the narrative, most times directly proportional to Chris’ arrogance. To some extent, it feels that they are symbols. Voyage of Pearl of The Seas is an emotive and intellectually-invigorating fairy tale that is creative and deeply thought-provoking.

Pages: 134 | ASIN: B079GPQMG1

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Voyage of Pearl of the Seas – Book Trailer

An award-winning unput-downable tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful – but accident-prone – dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names’. After an incredible sacrifice of his dearest dream by the boy (now growing up) they return – another dream – to a family tea with their loved ones. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan’s award-winning epic romance ‘Black inked pearl’, here adapted for preteens but characterised by (in a simpler form) the same unique dream-like and enchanted style as in the original novel.

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Voyage Of Pearl Of The Seas

Voyage of Pearl of the Seas by [Ruth Finnegan]

Voyage of Pearl of the Seas is an enchanting novel about two characters, Kate and Chris. The plot of this fantastic novel follows these two endearing character’s who travel on a ship that they built for an exciting adventure. On this adventure, they learn make sacrifices, gain wisdom, and develop a deep bond between them. This novel is a prequel to Ruth Finnegan’s award-winning Black Inked Pearl, however it was made after and the former and explores different themes and ideas. Voyage of Pearl of the Seas is a short novel but it still explores deep issues that we can all relate to.

Ruth Finnegan has created a unique novel with Voyage of Pearl of the Seas. The story excels above others in many aspects. It is written in a style reminiscent to that of poetry than a standard novel which is beautifully eloquent in most areas.

I enjoyed following Kate and Chris, and their dog, on a wondrous adventure. Both Kate and Chris are well thought-out characters, but the real beauty is in how they evolve throughout the story. We get a sense of who they are and why certain actions were taken, though they are kids and sometimes children’s actions, to adults, can be frustrating. The themes this novel explores are deep and sometimes dark, like abuse and abandonment. While not exploring both to the same degree, Voyage of Pearl of the Seas may not be as robust in the themes of abuse but it succeeds in  themes of abandonment. Finnegan explores abandonment expertly and I, as a reader, felt that this was where the novel was at its best. It skillfully displays a person’s feelings of despair and anxiety when they have been left behind by everyone they love. This is something everyone has gone through yet only few novels can portray effectively.

Ruth Finnegan has undoubtedly created a beautiful story and where it succeeds, it excels greatly. Voyage of Pearl of the Seas is an intriguing YA fantasy adventure story.

Pages: 134 | ASIN: B079GPQMG1

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Voyage Of Pearl Of The Seas

Voyage Of Pearl Of The Seas is a magnificent fairy tale adventure of a girl and her two best friends who vow to travel the world in their boat. They’re determined to stick together and be the heroes of their adventure and go on a voyage together. I found this admirable in the sense that they stay by each other no matter the storm and through thick and thin, they will even fly together if they have to. This story takes the reader travel through time to enjoy the creative form of ancient poetry and literature borrowed from the renowned Shakespeare. Ruth Finnegan in her book Voyage of Pearl of the Seas smoothly harmonizes the essence of adventure, innocence and growth. Chris and Kate are two friends with different backgrounds who are joined by a deep friendship and together with their charming dog vow to be together in their adventure through the seas to create memories. Kate isn’t good with classwork but Chris doesn’t make her feel like the other mates do, and in her eyes he’s different.

Ruth Finnegan has created a work of art. She has an imagination that I have only rarely seen in fantasy novels. The integration of poetry and ancient reference is perfect for lovers of Shakespeare and lyrical literature. It’s mature for a children’s book but it will help expand imaginations. The style, ideas and story is magical. I loved the happy ending with gifts from the King and Queen, how sweet.

I thought that the story was a little hard to follow at first, but as you read more and more it all comes together and you get to understand the beauty of this adventurous book. The illustrations within Voyage Of Pearl Of The Seas were fascinating. My favorite is the tree with all the wild animals in it, the connection between children and animals is clearly described, we should be like little children, happy to help, ready to learn and joyous no matter the challenges they are facing. Like the classical folktale story of “The Little Hen”, the hen planted the seeds all by herself, while the dog, the cat and the duck couldn’t work with her, but came time to eat bread when they all want to enjoy it, the lesson is to teach children to be hardworking and persistent and respect everything around them. Voyage of Pearl of the Seas by Ruth Finnegan ends in a similar concept, hard work, respect and persistence.

Pages: 134 | ASIN: B079GPQMG1

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Voyage of Pearl of the Seas – Trailer

An award-winning unput-downable tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful – but accident-prone – dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names’. After an incredible sacrifice of his dearest dream by the boy (now growing up) they return – another dream – to a family tea with their loved ones. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan’s award-winning epic romance ‘Black inked pearl’, here adapted for preteens but characterised by (in a simpler form) the same unique dream-like and enchanted style as in the original novel.

Buy Now From B&N.com

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