C.D. Kunkel


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Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Trent River on the central coast of North Carolina in New Bern. I spent most of my free time on the Trent and Neuse rivers fishing and sailing. My father and I made several trips to Ocracoke by boat and I've taken my kids there six or seven times. There is an historic marker near the ferry dock that tells of Maynard's defeat of Blackbeard in 1718. I remember reading it as a kid and imagining what the battle must have been like. It seemed like a logical topic for a book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Long distance runners talk about "the zone" and I've also heard it called " flow" where you aren't aware of the effort you are making to run. It''s similar to driving a car on a long trip and suddenly you've driven twenty miles, made a few correct turns, and you don't remember it. Sometimes (not as often as I'd like) I'll get in "the zone" when I'm writing. The words come easy and I'll glance at the clock in the corner of my screen and see that I've been writing for four hours and I've got eight or nine pages. I go to bed feeling great. Unfortunately, many times I'll read the text the next day and discover that much of it is garbage.
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Honor the Ashes
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 63,000. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
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A prostitute and a deserter on Ocracoke Island join forces to survive the looming battle between the notorious pirate Blackbeard and the Royal Navy. She seeks redemption. He wants the love of a proper woman. Honor the Ashes explores the timeless values of love, honor, faith, and courage against the backdrop of the 1718 naval battle that marked the beginning of the end of the Age of Piracy.

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