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. His most 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." Recently, Brooks has discovered primary evidence of Blackbeard the Pirate's family on Jamaica and is writing a new book re-analyzing their implications to pirate history.