Brooks is a maritime historian, writer, author, and genealogist living in North Florida. 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 fiction novel, Heirloom: Fountain of Hope, a time-travel adventure based in St. Augustine, Florida. He also published non-fiction such as Pirates & Slaves, Captain James Wimble, Brunswick Town & Wilmington. He has published twice in the North Carolina Historical Review, one of the articles being republished as a pamphlet by North Carolina Historical Publications as "Blackbeard Reconsidered: Mist's Piracy, Thache's Genealogy." He has just recently published the 2-lb. 670 page mammoth book re-evaluating the life of Edward Thache, titled "Quest for Blackbeard: The True Story of Edward Thache and His World!" Look for it in hardback or paperback.