Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Letters of Marque by Renee Peterson

Welcome to Renee Peterson author of Letters of Marque: ABCs for the Savvy Scalawag

Since earning a degree in English literature in her home state of California, Renee has been working in an unrelated field, but hopes to one day be able to focus on writing full-time. She spends her time at home reading, writing, and knitting, and enjoys participating in the Society of Creative Anachronism as her pirate alter-ego, Katla in Mikla. The occasional bottle of rum may be harmed in the process.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
There’s a lot of variables in that. Would I have a guide in my time travel adventure? If I do, then I’d love to see the future. If I’m shunted somewhere on my own, though, I think I’d prefer the past, where at least I have an idea of what was going on. I’d be a lot less likely to end up in jail or sentenced to death for walking on the grass or smiling at strangers or something! Of course, I’d also want to know if I get ti choose the time period and place, or if it’s random. And will I have my current memories? It would be so hard to choose. Prior to the fall of Alexandria, maybe… all those books!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A knife; a water-filtration device; and a water-proof, solar-powered satellite phone. A few day’s solitude on the beach might be fun, but I wouldn’t want to live like that!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I have a weakness for Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk. Thank goodness it only comes in pints.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
On Saturdays when I’m feeling like treating myself, I’ll make pancakes! I smother 2-3 of them with peanut butter and add a cup of apple sauce between the layers. A little bacon on the side and a glass of milk, and my weekend starts with a smile of contentment.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
I don’t have a favorite genre, per se, which has always boggled my friends, who insist EVERYONE has a favorite band or style of music. But I like lots of different kinds of music: 80’s rock, folk music, musical soundtracks, international instrumentals, and even some metal, goth, steampunk, country, and current top hits. For the most part, I tend to like anything that is happy and upbeat.

Night owl, or early bird?
I’m a night owl, definitely. I spent a lot of years working late shifts, and I always revert back to it eventually. I love the chilly evenings when everything is so quiet. I also love sleeping in, which is something I only get to do on weekends.

Skittles or M&Ms?

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I think Peter Jackson did a great got with his interpretation.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
This one is easy! “Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me!” I often imagined I could hear the crew singing this song to me as I worked on “Letters of Marque.”

What is your favorite quote?
From the Firefly TV show, which was tragically cancelled: “Burn the land and boil the sea; you can’t take the sky from me.” To me, “the sky” represents limitless possibilities.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I suppose that would have to be the weekends I spend at SCA events. I know explaining it to people makes me sound like some kind of weirdo! It’s a lot of fun to be someone completely different, and set aside your everyday life for one or two weekends a year. I dress up in medieval clothes and just hang out with friends in the middle of nowhere, listening to drums, watching dancers and singers by campfire light, and dozing off with a cup of hot mulled cider in my tummy. It really recharges my batteries.

Who is the target audience for your book?
My primary target audiences are children who are learning their ABC’s and the adults who are reading aloud to them. I wanted a fun book that could be read repeatedly without becoming too stale, so there are lots of things in there for readers of all ages. Older siblings might enjoy the hunt for hidden letters, for example. It’s a children’s picture book: the technical classification is: juvenile nonfiction/concepts/alphabet.

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Letters of Marque by Renee Peterson:
Avast, me hearties! Be ye ready for an alphabet adventure? Climb aboard then, mateys! As readers accompany a crew of pirates on their exciting treasure hunt, ‘Letters of Marque: ABCs for the Savvy Scalawag’ delivers a thoroughly enchanting journey for pre- schoolers, and a uniquely entertaining experience for everyone! Cast off the lines and prepare for a fun, educational voyage of pirate lore, nautical rhymes, and engaging shipboard illustrations as the buccaneers roam the seven seas!
Giveaway Details:
One signed copy of Letters of Marque
Open to US & Canada
Ends 2/2/11

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