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I've always been a story teller but only recently have a drummed up the courage to share my stories in writing. When my kids were young one of our favorite activities was to lay in bed, just before bedtime and make up stories. They would get to pick out some of the characters and I'd just start spinning the tale. They loved making me backup and change the story to fit their mind for the night. Since they are all too old for this now, I've taken to writing.
At this point there are three works available to you on Amazon. All set in the Privateer Tales universe. The first book, Rookie Privateer is the cornerstone of the series. It introduces the main cast. The second book, Fool Me Once, is a shorter, novella length work. While preparing Rookie Privateer for publication, I found myself daydreaming about what must have happened to one of the pirates that we were introduced to in Rookie Privateer and so Fool Me Once was introduced. Finally, Parley, the third book, available on Sept 5th, 2014 takes back up again with the original crew, introduced in Rookie Privateer.
I'm currently working on three project. The first is a story, set in a fantasy setting that I've been working on for nearly a decade. I have high hopes of releasing this sometime in late 2014, perhaps early 2015. The next project is a short story that will bridge the gap between Privateer Tales #3 (Parley) and Privateer Tales #4 (as yet unnamed). Finally, I'm also working on Privateer Tales #4. I'm hoping to have the short out before Christmas of 2014 and #4 out in late winter of 2015.
My influences are pretty wide ranging. Recent works I have enjoyed are; Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's war, Nathan Lowell's Solar Clipper Tales. Perhaps my favorite modern author is L.E. Modesitt Jr. with his Recluce and Imager series. Early on I enjoyed just about anything Heinlein wrote, including, Starship Troopers and Have Spacesuit - Will Travel. I also loved Asimov, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and when they got together for A Mote in God's Eye it was magic!
I have had to separate my writing career from my professional career so as to not make things too confusing at work, so, yes Jamie McFarlane is a pseudonym. All of my writing is done in the evening hours and on the weekends. I have to admit to looking forward to coming home every evening so that I can spend time with my imaginary friends.