by Lillian Csernica on September 19, 2017
This is a very special day for me, dear to my heart for three important reasons.
First, I met my husband of thirty years at the Northern Renaissance Faire where he was playing a pirate aboard the good ship Cardiff Rose, aka the fencing booth. See that tall, dark, handsome fellow in the middle? Bosun’s Mate Christopher Fortune!
Second, my first published romance novel, Ship of Dreams, is a love story between an English Lady and a notorious French pirate. There are sea battles and sword fights and many people talking like pirates in English, French, and Spanish. I had such a good time writing this book!
Third, I once received a letter to Santa Claus that asked Santa what he thought about pirates. (I volunteer every holiday season at my local post office, replying to the letters the local kids write to Santa Claus.) This took some thinking on my part. Hollywood has done a lot to romanticize what pirates were and what they did. Speaking on behalf of Santa Claus, I had to strike a balance between truth and a child’s sense of adventure.
In the letter from Santa I said that the real pirates of history weren’t very nice people. They tended to get a lot of coal in their stockings. Santa Claus does believe that pretending to be a pirate can be a lot of fun. You find out amazing things about sailing ships, life at sea, and all the different kinds of treasure pirates captured.
The boy who wrote this letter to Santa Claus happened to live in my neighborhood. The next time I crossed paths with his mother, she told me all about how excited her son had been to get a reply from Santa himself. She thought the answers to the pirate questions were just right. I love it when I hear how much the kids enjoy their letters!
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Filed under Christmas, cosplay, dreams, Family, Fiction, historical fiction, history, Humor, legend, love, marriage, pirates, publication, tall ships
by Lillian Csernica on September 21, 2015
With great pleasure I announce to you the relaunch of my pirate romance, Ship of Dreams! The new cover and fresh interior design come from the multi-talented Bridget McKenna of Zone 1 Design. If you’d like more information on the details of Bridget’s redesign, please go here.
If you love tall ships, tropical ports, a sassy heroine and a hero worth fighting for, you’ll find all that and more once you come aboard the Ship of Dreams!
by Lillian Csernica on November 26, 2014
GARDEN OF LIES
50,156 total word count so far.
Not bad for my first try!
by Lillian Csernica on March 12. 2013
It’s high time I dragged myself into the 21st Century by joining the blogosphere. I’m a writer. Fantasy, dark fantasy, historical romance, horror, nonfiction. I have one novel out, SHIP OF DREAMS, under my romance pen name of Elaine LeClaire. You can find my short fiction at Tales of Old, Tales to Terrify, and soon in Midnight Movie Creature Feature Vol. 2. I’m very fortunate to have a career that lets me work at home because my two sons are both what’s now referred to as “special needs” children.
They’re not so much children anymore. Michael is sixteen. He had to be delivered at only twenty-three weeks, making him a micro-preemie. A pulmonary hemorrhage and a grade four plus brain bleed left him with cerebral palsy and later seizure disorder. He is medically fragile, an invalid who is either in his wheelchair or his hospital bed. He doesn’t let any of that stop him. He’s an award-winning artist, a great bowler, and he loves classic rock. Michael has a great smile and a wicked sense of humor.
John is fourteen. He went full term, but he did refuse to breathe. His brief bout of hypoxia is what we believe caused his speech delay. Speech therapy led to an evaluation by a neurologist which resulted in a diagnosis of autism. John is low on the spectrum, with a talent for drawing that began when he started watching “Blue’s Clues” at age two. He has taught “Drawing with John” classes at his elementary school both in the classroom and over the school’s closed-circuit television broadcasts. John loves digital animation and studies the Special Features options on DVDs which give him a behind-the-scenes view of how the artists and programmers work their magic.
It’s not easy finding time to write when each day I have phone calls to make, medical supplies to order, school projects to supervise, doctor appointments, prescription refills to keep track of, and the other random demands that crop up all the time. I tend to stay close to home for the boys’ sakes, so writing lets me run away from home inside my own head. I look forward to sharing the ups and downs of this life with you.