Pirates and Sci-Fi…Who Knew?

Ren Cummins and Marti Melville are authors at Doce Blant Publishing who write sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, and pirate novels

I just finished a huge weekend event celebrating the launch of fellow Doce Blant author, Ren Cummins‘ newest release, Steel & Sky: Tales of the Dead Man. To say that we had a blast is an understatement! The entire weekend ROCKED!

Caribbean pirates and Sci-fi blended well together at the Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze weekend pirate festival. Both Ren and I made some wonderful new friends and networked with interested retailers and readers for three full days. The interest in books hasn’t faded, from what I could see.

The best part of each day for me came when I watched a child’s eyes grow large – not at the sight of a pirate or some guy dressed in steampunk – but rather, at the sight of a book! Grandma BallyHuHu frequently found itself clutched in the arms of a wee one anxious to take home his or her treasure and start to read! I’ll never grow tired of that.

Ren noticed too, that readers seem to be drawn to his book more when they realized the author was standing there with pen in hand. The connection of author to reader is astounding! It’s a life-long bond for both.

Steampunk Sci-fi Fantasy and Pirates are what authors Ren Cummins and Marti Melville are writing aboutWhat mostly amazed me is that, while we were enmeshed with pirates of all types, these buccaneers wanted to dive into sci-fi and discover the world created in Steel & Sky. These scallywags wanted Sci-fi!


As I recount the fun we shared at the pirate festival, I cannot leave out our afternoon spent at Barnes & Noble in the Northgate Mall in Seattle, WA. A panel discussion was set up with the opportunity to talk about writing, genres, motivation, and stories. Everyone there hungered for details about the books laid out on the table before us. Again, no distinction needed to be made between pirate, sci-fi, and steampunk – we all belonged together in an amalgam of stories and other-world experiences.

I cannot thank the people who put together the Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze and our generous hosts at Barnes & Noble Northgate enough! We had a wonderful weekend, thanks to you and thanks to the readers who love pirates and sci-fi stories.

Steampunk sci-fi and fantasy join pirates with writers Marti Melville and Ren Cummins Ren and I plan to return in 2018 (I’ll moderize my pirate to include a little steampunk…and I know Ren’s going to join a crew of scallywags headed for the Caribbean. It’s in our blood!

Until next year…


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  • Press

    "What J. K. Rowling did for wizards and Stephenie Meyer did for vampires, Marti Melville has done for pirates." ~ Forbes Magazine (September 9, 2011)

  • Reviews

    "Melville’s work, which heavily romanticizes the life of a pirate, is atmospheric ... a solid start to the series." ~ Publisher's Weekly (February 2017)
  • Schedule

  • Enjoy my favorite Celtic music (from Outlander)

  • Listen to the Creaking Wood and Ocean Currents from a Tall Ship at Sea

  • Celtic Battle Music