The central theme of Claws of the Raven hasn't varied much from the first book written by Derek Hart. Love is still a wonderful curse and humans go out of their way to complicate every step along the way. When all is said and done, even the author can't manipulate the characters to do and react in ways that are out of character. No matter how hard one tries to make it happen, men and women don't just fall in love and all is bliss. Whenever somebody is brave, or foolish enough, to say, "I love you" then instantly the complications begin. Pirates, buccaneers and action on the high seas. Wonderful stuff.
Right there is why one should never shy away from the emotion. If life weren't a challenge, then it would be a bore. Which do you prefer? The author will still stake his soul on the worthiness of a battle fought for love, no matter what the outcome. For in the midst of this struggle, a person will grow and learn and feel. It may end in sorrow and pain, but you've got to be alive to experience that. One must fall in love, for it to shatter your heart in the first place.
Now that you've had many opportunities to read Derek Hart's style, what conclusions can you make about the author? In everything that hits the paper, as words and paragraphs, the writer is uncovering clues to what lies behind the order in which those symbols are arranged. So also arises the essence of people in the author's world that have touched his heart and soul.
Remember that every writer has a different motivation for why they must put those words on paper. For Derek Hart, it is the clear and simple drive to entertain, while still arguing and celebrating life. The author doesn't have the answers, but keeps looking for clues into the human condition. Derek loves to write what he likes to read and many of his characters are drawn from people he has known.
One final thought. Since Derek Hart writes as a passion, combined with an unquenchable thirst to shed light on the wonders of love and life, he will always strive to make that connection for the reader as well. So grab some refreshment, find a comfortable spot, and travel to places of adventure, action, romance, and even fantasy. In these fictional worlds, people make love with everything they have, and fight for justice and honor. Doesn't that sound like something you'd like to do for awhile?