Ana, the restless 17-year old daughter of a Portuguese ship captain, hides aboard her father's ship as a stowaway, eager to experience the world beyond the confines of her city. Little does she know however what adventure awaits as their ship heads up north into the deep waters of the North Atlantic...
This is a tale that springs from dreams, travel and experiences. It's wedded to a love of adventure and exploration.
Set in medieval Europe, this story is the first fantasy novel by Jan Manon.
Hello everyone! It's been a little while since I launched this site and also got started on this book. Thanks for all the lovely messages and positive encouragement you have sent me! I appreciate it very much. :)
It's November now. I am working on the book at last. I am enjoying dreaming up ideas and putting them to paper.
It's an interesting thing as delays that happened, turned out not only to be fortuitous, but also have taught me many things. I feel I can bring that into this story for you. I have met wonderful people too that are also now with me and in this book. I hope you will love it.
Charting the unknown can be exciting and also challenging. My story is set in the 12th century but it is a fantasy, which gives me room to imagine and dream up possibilities. I still want the story to be grounded in place and human traditions of the period so readers will easily relate. Hence, I've explored local traditions of what people ate at the time, how they dressed, communicated and traveled in order to create an authentic story.
The story begins in Iberia (modern day Portugal and Spain) and covers the British Isles, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen.
This story is filled with characters ranging from a captain and his crew to nobles, royals, children in school, peasants, merchants and tribes.
The water plays a large role from Ana first traveling on board her father's ship to battles with warring clans and unexpected mysterious forces.
Protecting and caring for animals is important to me. We live in a time where animals live at our mercy. Their survival and ability to flourish requires human support and understanding. As a little girl, I loved taking care of animals ranging from squirrels and birds to dogs and cats with my papa. Back then, I intended to be a veterinarian. I also loved lynxes - my favorite animal because of their majestic, amazing presence and remarkable instincts and intelligence. Today, many years later, I aim to help through animal stewardship in a variety of ways - animal sanctuaries, a growing vet alliance and by supporting worthy animal organizations through sales of my book.
I'm happy to share that I am creating an animal sanctuary to protect wildlife like the lynx. We aim to preserve habitats and plant trees as well.
With my book launch, half of all book proceeds that I receive will be going to animal shelters and sanctuaries. I am excited about this.