Anonymous asked: In RSURS you describe the workings of the ships with great intimacy. Did you do laborious research on this for the book, or are you just a naval nerd?
I’m a huge naval research nerd. ;) The Hornblower novels, the Aubrey-Maturin novels, and a whole bunch of reference texts, including some primary sources like R.H. Dana’s TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. I did a lot of scribbling on paper, diagrammed the ships, and used a desktop compass rose to track winds and headings for the naval actions in the book.