Lou Mongello / Saturday, June 11th, 2011
How exactly DID Captain Jack Sparrow become the dastardly rogue that we all know we should dislike, yet adore? When did he meet Barbosa? How did that bargain with Davy Jones come about? And what is this fascination with rum? These and MANY other fascinating questions are the subject of A.C. Cripsin’s novel, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom.
Ms. Crispin hosted a launch party for her latest novel at the Baltimore science-fiction convention, Balticon, over the Memorial Day weekend. The intimate gathering of friends and associates enjoyed listening as Ms. Crispin read a section from the engaging first chapter and signed books for her fans. Attendees also heard about some of the challenges she faced in developing the book. The primary challenge, as she and her nautical adviser, Steve Osmanski, relayed, was Disney’s request that she remain both historically accurate and consistent with all prior Pirates of the Caribbean movies (which may have taken historical license.) Disney’s request, though daunting, was one that as Ms. Crispin says in her book, she “made a faithful effort to do.”
A.C. Crispin is a meticulous researcher and worked diligently to remain true to fact. For example, she invented an island with rich soil for the purpose of the story, rather than have the action take place in a “real” place that, truthfully, could not have produced the sugar cane that the storyline called for. She had numerous advisors, including her friend Steve, who edited for technical and historical accuracy. Her pages worth of acknowledgements are a testament to her loyalty to fact and detail.
Ms. Crispin is no stranger to writing prequels to already-established storylines. She is author to the three-part trilogy detailing the life of Han Solo. As her friend Steve Osmanski commented, Ann has a “unique talent” for taking the work of others and creating their early story, in a way that is consistent and flows with the original stories.
Please view the video below, of A.C. Crispin reading the first section of chapter one, which introduces our beloved Captain Jack…. with his rum!
We hope you will join us for the WDW Radio Disney Book Club’s reading of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom. Reading calendar, contests, and other fun are available here on the WDW Radio blog, as well as on our Facebook page.