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Book Banter EP 86: Liz Shipton, Author & Pirate!

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

​Hello My Happy People,

Have I got a great show for you today! As someone who was born on "Talk Like a Pirate Day", I am thrilled to get to chat with real life pirate, Liz Shipton. Liz is a part-time freelance writer and part-time indie author of a dystopian series loosely based on her life. She is also a full-time, off grid, live-aboard a sailboat sailor (a.k.a a pirate).

Liz is currently sailing around the world with her boyfriend and her dog. She uses her real-life adventures as they sail the high seas to fuel her imagination for writing her Sci-Fi/Fantasy books. Liz loves blending her amazing real-life adventures with her fictional realm to bring a feeling of believability to her stories. Their life on the boat is exciting and the places they visit, the people they meet, and the cultures they experience, all find a way into her work in some way.

Besides working to bring light to some under represented parts of the world (at least in science fiction), Liz also addresses some challenging social topics. She uses her writing to explore such issues as mental health, climate change, addiction and more.

When not writing her fictional series, Liz works as a freelance content writer specializing in articles on code, music theory, and off-grid living.

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In honor of our "pirate" guest, it's time for some seafaring jokes ...

Q: How do you know pirates are self-aware?

A: They think, therefore they ARRRR!

Q: What did the pirate say when his wooden leg got stuck in a snowbank?

A: Well shiver me timbers!

Q: How do pirate learn to resuscitate others?

A: They are taught CP-aRRRRR!

Q: Why don't pirates ever make the honor roll?

A: Their grades are always stuck in the High Cs.

Q: What is a sure fire way to make a pirate furious?

A: Take away the “p.”

Q: Why don't pirates like texting?

A: Because they prefer to communicate aye to aye!

Q: Why can it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?

A: Because they have been known to spend years at C.

Q: What do you call a pirate with no tattoos and all his limbs?

A: A newbie!

And last but not least...

Q: Why was the pirate able to get his Jolly Roger so cheap?

A: Because he bought it on sail!


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Support Our Book Banter Buddies (2023 Guest Interviews):

Liz Shipton, Part-Time Author, Full-Time Pirate (EP 86: Oct. 4th)

Sagit Schwartz, Suspense Thriller Author (EP 87: Oct. 11th)

Otto Schafer, Young Adult Fantasy Author (EP 88: Oct. 18th)

Lynne Golodner, Author, Coach, Marketing Entrepreneur & Podcaster (EP 89: Oct. 25th)

Debbie Weiss, Memoir Author & Entrepreneur (EP 90: Nov. 1st)

Michele Di Pietro, SOUPified Cookbook Author (EP 91: Nov. 8th)

Mary Carroll Moore, Women's Fiction Author (EP 92: Nov. 15th)

Leah Ann Brown, YA Fantasy Author (EP 93: Nov. 22nd)

Faith Kramer, Jewish Global Kitchen Cookbook Author (EP 94: Nov. 29th)

Brian Kaufman, Textbook and Fiction Author (EP 95: Dec. 6th)

Michelle Glogovac, THE Podcast Matchmaker™ & Publicist (EP 96: Dec. 13th)

Season Two Ender - Holiday Special (EP 97: Dec. 20th)

Season 2 Past Guest Interviews (2023):

LM Wilson, author of The Last of the Spirit Drakes (EP 51: Feb. 1)

LeRoy A Peters, author of The Edge of the World Series (EP 52: Feb. 8)

C. D'Angelo, Author of The Difference and The Visitor (EP 53: Feb. 15th)

Val Collins, author of the Aoife Walsh Books (EP 54: Feb. 22)

Kirstie Page, Visual Storyteller/Artist (EP 55: March 1st)

Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen, Author of Diamonds in the Sky Series

(EPs 56/57: March 8th/15th)

David Gibson, PhD FRSB, Author of Planting Clues: How Plants Solve Crimes.

(EP 58: March 22nd)

Linaya DiNoto, Science Fiction Author of Lithaflora: The Chrysalis: The Forever After Series (EP 59: March 29)

Kelly Florence, Screenwriter/Podcaster and Co-Author of 5 books in The Science of Series

(EP 60: April 5)

Stephanie LaVigne, Cozy Mystery Author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

(EPs 61/62: April 12/19)

Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall), horror author/actor/musician (EP 66 & 67: May 17 & 24)

Benecia Ponder, author coach and bestselling author (EP 68: May 31)

Diann Floyd Boehm, Children's Book Author/Educator/Podcaster (EP 69: June 7th)

Angela R. Hughes, Historical Epic Fantasy Author (EP 70: June 14)

Donna Edman, Photographer/Visual Storyteller/Author (EP 71: June 21)

Wendy Jo Cerna, Inspirational Author (EP 72: June 28)

Sabrina Hammonds, Kingdom Connections Podcast and Media Agency (EP 73: July 5)

Ann Charles, Mixed Genre Mystery Author (EP 74: July 12)

Natacha Deen, YA, Adult, and Non-Fiction Author (EP 75: June 21)

Kammy Wood, The Modern Wordist, Creative Writing Consultant (EP 76: June 26)

Francesca Maria, Horror and Comic Book Author (EP 77: August 2nd)

Reenita M. Hora, Author, Creative, Entrepreneur (EP 78 & 79: August 9th & 16th)

Christopher (Chris) Denmead, Comic Book Author/Podcaster (EP 80: August 23rd)

Carole T. Beers, Contemporary Western Mystery Author (EP 81: August 6th)

J.C. Fuller, Mystery Author and TikTok Queen (EP 82: September 6th)

Meliza Farndell, Author, Coach, Speaker (EP 83: September 13th)

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Dianne Burckhardt, Historical Fiction, Crime Thrillers, & more (EP 84: Sept. 20th)

Mikel Melwasul, Epic Military Fantasy Author (EP 85: Sept. 27th)


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