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Interview with Jesse Giles Christiansen, author of ‘Captain Shelby’

Jesse Giles ChristiansenJesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature, and holds an M.A. in philosophy from Georgia State University. He is the author of Pelican Bay (book one in the Captain Shelby Series), an Amazon #1 list bestseller, outselling Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. One of Christiansen’s literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he always reminds himself of something that Ray Bradbury once said: “You fail only if you stop writing.”

His latest book is the literary fiction/magical realism novel, Captain Shelby.

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About the Book:

Captain Shelby 2There are places even the sea cannot go…

In coastal Denmark, a young man named Nereus builds a longship and leaves at age eighteen to discover a new, enigmatic land. Faced with unimaginable obstacles, he crosses the North Atlantic, only to be captured by the Skraelings, the Inuit indigenous people who seek revenge on all settlers because of a “Great Red Man” who murdered many of their family members.

Many years later, Nereus is hired by a group of Irish settlers who are fleeing the tyranny of King Henry VIII, and he takes them across the North Atlantic to the New Found Land. A fierce battle ensues against the sea, the Little Ice Age, and the vicious Skraelings.

When Nereus falls in love with Laura Hodges, fiancée to the group’s leader, William Brockelby, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous love triangle…until the formidable mystery surrounding Captain Nereus H. Shelby is finally revealed.

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  • Captain Shelby is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Can you tell us who or what was the inspiration behind your book?

The Captain Shelby Trilogy, I’m almost ashamed to admit, all began with an eerie dream I had about the ex-girlfriend of ex-girlfriends—a narcissistic, deeply troubled librarian. Ever seen “500 Days of Summer?” Kind of like that. Fortunately, after I started writing, Captain Shelby leapt out of the pages and put the librarian in her place.

Is this your first published book and if so, can you tell us your experiences in finding a publisher for it?

Captain Shelby is my second published book, with the same publisher, Imajin Books. Not having found the literary agent who I want yet, I published with a small house to garner credentials. If an author is going to select a smaller publisher, in this century, one with marketing clout is essential. Now that I have more readership and social media presence, I hope to land a N.Y. agent next year. Wish me luck!

Where do you live and if I were coming to town, where would we go to talk books?

Great question! I live in Atlanta, and just happen to be across the street from a Barnes and Nobles. But we won’t go there. Java Monkey has much more real ambience, if you know what I mean.

When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun?

Play guitar (I’m also a singer/songwriter), watch movies, run, travel, and do any activity related to nature/animals.

Do you make a living off your books or do you have another job?

I’m also a musician. But I’m excited to announce that next year I will be doing about 80% writing, and 20% playing music!

In your opinion, what makes a good book great?

A great book is a new entity of memories that spawns out of nothing, and leaves the reader with everything.

Psychologists tell us the thing we think we’d most like to grow up to be when we’re ten years old is our avocation. What did you want to be?

An astronaut. Not too far off, eh?

Can you give us a short excerpt from your book?

In coastal Denmark, a young man named Nereus builds a longship and leaves at age eighteen to discover a new, enigmatic land. Faced with unimaginable obstacles, he crosses the North Atlantic, only to be captured by the Skraelings, the Inuit indigenous people who seek revenge on all settlers because of a “Great Red Man” who murdered many of their family members.

A few years later, Nereus is hired by a group of Irish settlers who are fleeing the tyranny of King Henry VIII, and he takes them across the North Atlantic to the New Found Land. A fierce battle ensues against the sea, the Little Ice Age, and the vicious Skraelings.

When Nereus falls in love with Laura Hodges, fiancée to the group’s leader, William Brockelby, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous love triangle…until the formidable mystery surrounding Captain Nereus H. Shelby is finally revealed.

What’s next for you?

I’m releasing a Christmas story in November called GOTH TOWN, which I’m very excited about!

Thanks so much for having me! Great questions!

Yours in literature,

J.G.C.

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