My tremendous love for history propelled my launch into writing this book. Initially, it was intended to be a simple story about a great-great-great (a few more greats) grandmother from Wales or England. I wanted my grandchildren to read about my lineage and I wanted to make it fun!
Because there is a little controversy over the last name of one of my ancestors who lived along the coast and worked on the docks, I decided to look up sailors by the last name of Phillips (a version of the controversial last name). I found Captain John Phillips, a pirate captain of the great merchantman Revenge. Reading the account of this blood-thirsty pirate's life made me think, "you just can't make this kind of stuff up".
I found my story! Out came my laptop and the next 8 - 9 months were spent walking in the early evenings with my dogs, staring at the rising moon and creating the ideas that developed into the plot.
The Deja vu Chronicles takes a rather mystical look at this pirate's life and what might have happened aboard the Revenge. Most of the male characters are actual crew members who sailed with Captain Phillips (with the exception of Seth) and can be found easily on a Google search (the scant details of their brief history found matching their part in the four books compiled in the Deja vu Chronicles: Midnight Omen, Silver Moon, Onyx Rising and Cutthroat's Omen: a Crimson Dawn).
Kathryn - of course, is fictional. Her personna and beauty is a combination of both my daughters. The other female characters are also fictional, with the exception of Wendy (who is truly a sister to me - you can see her in the Gallery section of this site). The Celtic Godesses (Morrigan, Roane and Macha) are based on actual Celtic folklore. With superstition steeped in the tales of the sea, how could they not be included in such a story?
Captain John Phillips - we know he actually lived and plundered the Spanish Main between 1721 - 1724. Whether he was tall, had dark wavy hair and clear green eyes the color of Spanish emeralds is something unknown. His personna and likeness...well, that is someone I keep locked deep inside my heart.
Midnight Omen Deja vu is dedicated to my grandchildren (Izzy, Boone, Abby, Mikaela, Alice and Lexi and the rest of those sweet grandchildren who are waiting to join me here in this lifetime...