I know I did a review of Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure several months ago. I thought I’d post a full interview with the author!
How do you get inspired to write?
My inspiration comes from within. Many years ago, I thought to myself, “I know that life is short. How can I leave something that will leave a mark, and possibly be discovered by someone a hundred or a thousand years in the future?”
Writing a book was my answer. Now that I’ve completed a third, half of another, and started a fifth, it’s an addiction. I am driven to complete what I started, and I want to do it in the best possible way.
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I got the idea while I was on vacation in South Carolina. My wife and I watched a show on the History Channel about pirates, and Blackbeard in particular. It struck me that he had been in the same waters three hundred years before.
During that same week, I learned about how the first settler to the island we were on had his plantation destroyed in an attack by unknown pirates.
I asked the question to myself: What if that was Blackbeard?
Thus, the idea for Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure was born.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Practice, practice, practice. Don’t be afraid of what others will think of your writing. Let it come from the heart. Write with the door closed, and don’t open it to others until you have your first draft complete.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love being able to create worlds and craft characters. My two main characters in Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure, Darwin and Lucas, grow as the story goes on, and by the end, they have a different outlook on life.
Sometimes, as with my murder mystery A Murder in Concord, I like setting an elaborate scene with a dead body dropped in the middle of it. Lucas found himself as the only suspect and took it upon himself to clear his name. To do that, he had to figure out the puzzle for himself during the book while having to run from another character with, um, bad intentions.
For me, the challenge was figuring it out myself on the fly. That was fun.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Take a shower or go for a drive. I kid you not, most of my best ideas come from those two places.
What is your current book about?
A 300-year-old mystery from one of the world’s most notorious pirates leads to the adventure of a lifetime for two friends – an adventure which could lead to fame and fortune, or to their deaths.
Deep within the archives at a museum in Raleigh, NC, Darwin Trickett makes the discovery of a lifetime: the diary of Blackbeard’s wife and a folded treasure map tucked in its pages. He asks Lucas Caine for assistance in helping find the location marked on the map which they believe was drawn by Blackbeard.
Now, these two friends embark on a journey in search of treasure. They uncover clues leading them to several locations along the Carolina coast while being shadowed by a group of mysterious men.
By the time Darwin and Lucas unravel the puzzle, they find themselves fighting for their lives.
What happens next will rewrite the history books and change the two men’s lives forever.
What book/movie/etc. is it comparable to?
I use real settings and events from the past to tie together a believable story in much the way Clive Cussler and Dan Brown does.
What are you working on now?
An action/adventure novel about the search for the Fountain of Youth usi
ng the sa
me cast of characters from Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure.
Where can readers go for more?