Anne is a headstrong young girl growing up in the frontier colony of Carolina in the early eighteenth century. With the death of her mother, and others she holds dear, Anne discovers that life is uncertain, so best live it to the full. She rejects the confines of a conventional society and runs away to sea, finding herself in the Bahamas, which has become a nest for pirates plaguing the West Indies.
Increasingly dissatisfied with her life, Anne meets charismatic former pirate, John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, and persuades him to take up pirating again, and she won’t be left on shore. Wayward Voyage follows Anne from child to young adult. Hers is a coming of age story, more brutal than many. Her narrative is interwoven with others: William Cormac, her father, seeking a new life in Carolina; mariners turned pirates, Calico Jack and Mary Read, seeking to live beyond the reaches of the law; Woodes Rogers, Governor in the Bahamas, seeking to create order and uphold the values of Empire.
The Golden age of Piracy is a period when frontiers were being explored and boundaries pushed. Wayward Voyage creates a vivid and gritty picture of colonial life in the Americas and at sea.
Anna M Holmes is originally from New Zealand and lives in South-West London with her partner. She holds a BA in English, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism and an MA in Dance Studies. She began writing fifteen years ago, has shown work at the Marbella International Film Festival and was joint-winner of Green Stories screenplay competition in 2020. Wayward Voyage is her debut novel.