Brooks is a North Carolinian who once lived in Florida where he owned and operated B.C. Brooks Stained Glass of Live Oak. He is today a graduate maritime historian studying in East Carolina University’s Maritime Studies Program and a proud member of Phi Alpha Theta. Brooks studies maritime & colonial history, also archaeological and paper conservation, drawing upon a love of both science and history. His focus is North Carolina history and, of course, pirates! Brooks published a variety of books, including the historical novel, Heirloom: Fountain of Hope. A recent publication can be found in the April 2014 issue of the North Carolina Historical Review, titled "John Lawson's Indian Town on Hatteras Island, North Carolina." Even more recently, Brooks has published “‘Born in Jamaica of Very Creditable Parents’ or ‘A Bristol Man Born’? Excavating the Real Edward Thache, ‘Blackbeard the Pirate’,” also in North Carolina Historical Review, Vol. XCII, No. 3 (July 2015).