Goodreads asked C.E. Murphy:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

C.E. Murphy From a lullaby. :)

There's a (possibly Irish) lullaby about a big ship sailing on a river called the Ilialio, and after I'd sung it about a hundred thousand times to my son, I started to think that if there was a ship, there had to be a cabin boy, and if there was a cabin boy, there had to be a crew, and if there was a crew, there had to be pirates...and so I started writing this middle grade series for my nephew, who'd asked when I was going to write some books for little boys, about the cabin boy and the pirates. :)

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