Suzanne Westgate


Suzanne Westgate is a mother and lawyer who never let go of her inner pirate. She grew up in a small harbourside town, often kayaking to shelly islands after school. In her early twenties, Suzanne backpacked through South America and Asia, and her adventures—sailing, caving, mountaineering, surfing, diving in the Caribbean with a crew of prisoners on parole, abseiling, skiing down a live volcano (mostly on her bottom), blowing things up with dynamite, and very nearly getting kidnapped—helped inspire the Joneses and the Pirateers.

Suzanne and her family live in Sydney, where they enjoy their own adventures, treasure hunts, dance-offs, booby traps, and pirate-themed birthday parties.

To make it count, all royalties from this book are donated to charities for real lost children - starting with Project Futures - which supports safe houses for trafficked children (and women) in Cambodia and Australia.

Smashwords Interview

When did you start writing?
I began the Joneses and the Pirateers when my second daughter was born, and never slept - there were plenty of long nights! My plan was to create a fun, pirate adventure for my girls, but those cheeky pirateer characters took on a life of their own and the story seemed to start writing itself. Six years and many versions later, Book One is finally here!
Why did you write about pirates?
I wasn't from a wealthy family, so my parents saved for years to take my brother and I travelling when I was eight years old from small town NZ, to Los Angeles USA. We stayed in the garage of a backpacker my parents had once picked up, made our peanut butter sandwiches (on multi-grain bread, yuk!) each day, and drove an hour to DISNEYLAND. I remember wishing we were rich enough to stay in the Disneyland Hotel, or at least buy a burger and fries, but all of that was forgotten when I went on my first Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It felt magical, and it still does today. A defining moment!
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The Joneses and the Pirateers: Search for the Phantom Lady
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,080. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2018 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
After a ruthless pirate captures their father, James, Elizabeth, and Emily find themselves stranded on the enchanted island of Tortuga. The siblings must band together with a motley crew of orphan pirates-in-training to plan a dangerous rescue mission that takes them from shark-infested waters to explosive battles on the high seas.

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