Ted Anthony Roberts

Swashbuckling Author

About the Author - Ted Anthony Roberts

 

Click on the following links to read about Ted Anthony Roberts!

 

REVIEWS ABOUT TED'S NOVELS FROM READERS ...

 

Quick 'About Me' Blurb!

 

Authors of Myspace Interview,

conducted on December 21, 2009

 

Renaissance Performers & Merchants interview ,

conducted on September 21, 2011

( Original interview found HERE! )

 

ONLINE INTERVIEW FROM FELLOW SWASHBUCKLING AUTHOR J.M. AUCOIN

From July 18, 2016

( Original interview found HERE! )

 

Ted Anthony Roberts and The Swashbuckling Press,

Information on myself and my projects which I had added to the last pages of my first novel, The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer

 

REVIEWS FROM READERS!

"Nicely done. I really enjoyed the history in the introduction and the duel is well written. Best of luck with the novel!" ~ Author David Lee Summers, author of five books: Vampires of the Scarlet Order, The Solar Sea, and the "Old Star" science fiction series: The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, and Heirs of the New Earth. This comment was about 'Donaree the Musketeer...'  www.davidleesummers.com 

"Very exciting read! Felt like I was there witnessing the action!" ~ Perfume Creator Jfay. 
This comment was about 'Donaree the Musketeer...' www.studio3bonline.com 


"I really enjoyed the humour and really laughed, not at Monsieur de la Donaree but with Monsieur de la Donaree! I dont know if you wrote it in this spirit but if you had a bit of Molière in you, I would not be surprised! He knew how to study people and would turn situations into a comic play! I laughed out loud, this is a gem! Not only de la Donaree is a fine sword, he has also a fine nose when it comes to pinpoint personalities, I'm talking about the Inkeeper and his situation with the wife here!! The second part is indeed in pure swashbuckling spirit, in rhythm and enthusiasm! And the end is a cliff-hanger! The beginning is "cocasse" (funny) as they might have said then in Gascony, and witty! IndeedAlexandre Dumas had a sense of humour too and satirically created at least one of his character ( in another book) to a character made up by Molière in one of his comic play. And Molière also took his inspiration from Dumas' s Musketeers and "The Man in the Iron Mask." I liked it! I had fun while reading this chapter about Monsieur de la Donaree, as while following the spirit of the Musketeers you gave a contemporary touch to the text!" ~ Artist Nicole Marques. 
  www.myspace.com/nicolemarques . This comment was about 'Donaree the Musketeer...' She has also left another wonderful review on Donaree at Amazon: "Swashbuckling is still alive! Written in pure swashbuckling spirit and enthusiasm, this novel is also treated with an undeniable sense of humor! The author managed to keep the story light and interesting while giving the main character great substance, presence and depth.I will recommend it to any reader willing to spend some highly entertaining time. Who would've thought that swashbuckling was still alive and well? Find out! All for one, one for all!"


"Hurrah, Ted! I gleefully await the next installment! LOVE the romantic stuff! Bring it on! There are few things in this world I like better than a hot Viscount. Keep going, Ted! Bravo! Keep writing! I can't wait to read more! But it is par for the course as I am also a writer. Keep in touch!" ~ Author Genella de Grey, author of "Remember Me." 
www.genelladegrey.com . She was commenting on 'Donaree the Musketeer.'

 

"Wow - What a wonderful beginning. As a whole, you have a unique way of writing & you captivated me by a few sentences peaking my interest to continue. For instance: ...hazed by the early morning mist...I love it! I look forward to reading the next chapter. You've gained my interest. That was impressive & informative. You've still got the hook in & I'm dangling to hear more. Thanks for the sneak peak." ~ Aspiring Author R.F.Taylor: Rianna. Commenting on 'Donaree the Musketeer.'

"Well done. Chapter One entices the reader craving more. I will look for The Adventuresof Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer on the web. Keep up the excellent writing..." ~
Ferf. Commenting on 'Donaree the Musketeer.'

 

"Wonderful read!! Long live Donaree!!! Being a fan of Dumas' Musketeer novels, Robing Hood and Ivanhoe I was really looking forward to this. Mr. Roberts writes in the style of the classics and spins an enjoyable tale. I hope to see more Donaree adventures in the future..." Kevin G. Kamphaus, Amazon review for 'Donaree the Musketeer.'

 

"En garde, monsieur! For anyone who likes the style of literature made famous by Alexandre Dumas, this is a fun romp in the world of the Musketeers and I would heartily recommend that people with an interest in the works of Dumas purchase this." Harry Hayfield, Amazon review for 'Donaree the Musketeer,' from the UK.

 

En garde, monsieur! For anyone who likes the style of literature made famous by Alexandre Dumas, this is a fun romp in the world of the Musketeers and I would heartily recommend that people with an interest in the works of Dumas purchase this. - Harry Hayfield

"Fun adventure tale for fans of The Three Musketeers! Light-hearted and engaging, with a happy ending. I think this is geared to younger readers. Some things you have to suspend your belief, such as the rescue of Madame Rose by Donaree stepping upon arrows on the side of tower of imprisonment, but it's all pretty fun! I recommended it if you like swashbuckling stories!" Sandra Chang, Amazon review for 'Donaree the Musketeer.' 

 

"Three Musketeers meets Princess Bride? Swashbuckling fun in hose and with giant feathers in hats, see publisher's blurb for hints, no spoilers here! Just know that it is great fun without horror or erotica, and I LOVED it!" Jan, Amazon review for 'Donaree the Musketeer.'

 

"We enjoyed your vivid imagery in this tale, and felt that very blade in our hands by the end of this chapter [chapter 2]. Looking for more . . . . Bravo! Your new fans, The Treasure Merchants www.thetreasuremerchants.com ." Review for Captain Skull: From the Memoirs of Sir Charles of Riley.

 

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Your new fans,
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"We enjoyed your vivid imagery in this tale, and felt that very blade in our hands by the end of this chapter [chapter 2]. Looking for more . . . . Bravo!
Your new fans,
The Treasure Merchants
"We enjoyed your vivid imagery in this tale, and felt that very blade in our hands by the end of this chapter [chapter 2]. Looking for more . . . . Bravo!
Your new fans,
The Treasure Merchants www.thetreasuremerchants.com 

Quick 'About Me' Blurb!

I have been a European historian and writer for the past twenty years, experimenting with different story ideas along the way. As a result of my swashbuckling and historical interests, I have even created a website that reflects these historical diggings,

which is called The Swashbuckling Press:

www.swashbucklingpress.webs.com

The way that I see myself is that I am a modern writer with an old-fashioned feel within my written words. Considering the techniques of classic swashbuckling writers of the recent past, I combine proven enthusiastic literature with experimental modern ideas, and mesh them together to create my own unique style. So, if one were to imagine the dexterity of The Three Musketeers, the derring-do of Robin Hood, the chivalry of Ivanhoe, the valor of King Arthur, and sometimes the comic intrigues of Bob Hope, then one will have a good idea of what my writing techniques are all about!

 

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Authors of Myspace Interview

 

AUTHORS OF MYSPACE BLOG

 

http://www.myspace.com/myspace_authors/blog/523097630

 

Interview on December 21, 2009

Author Interview: Ted Anthony Roberts

 

How long have you been writing?

Off and on for over twenty years.

 

What influenced you to get into it?

After reading my favorite novel (The Three Musketeers) over seven times, I was hooked on the idea.

 

How many books have you published?

As of now, only one.

 

Have any of them been national releases, if so through which publisher?

I have self-published the novel through Createspace, but it is available nationally.

 

What current book/books are you promoting?

Just one – The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer

 

What projects do you have coming up in the future?

Another Historical, Swashbuckling Novel: Captain Skull. A novel of Piratical proportions.

 

What author/authors influenced you to start a writing career for yourself?

It has to completely go toward Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and Vicomte de Bragalonne. But later, it was also Rafael Sabatini.

 

Are you a member of a writing group/organization?

Not at present.

 

What are some of your favorite hobbies other than writing?

Studying History.

 

Has “The Authors of Myspace”/or Myspace itself helped you out with sales or networking/friends?

Haven’t had a chance to work with them just yet, but I am looking forward to doing so.

 

What tips do you have for beginning writers?

If writing is your passion – never give up! It may seem at times that your work will never see the light of day, or that anyone is interested in it. But if you believe in your book, then others will begin to believe in it as well. Also, don’t be afraid of criticism; we need others opinions to help us structure our work to the best it can be.

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ONLINE INTERVIEW, FROM 2016

Q&A with Ted Anthony Roberts, author of ‘The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree, the Musketeer’

by: J.M. Aucoin 

 

The swashbuckling adventure genre is a pretty niche market, so I’m always excited to find a fellow swashbuckler writer and Musketeer fan. This time it’s Ted Anthony Roberts, author of several self-published adventure novels including The Adventures of Monsieur de la Donaree, the Musketeer. He was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer some questions about his writing, the self-publishing industry and his love for The Three Musketeers...

Hi Ted, to start off, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Ever since I was young, I have dabbled in one art project or another. This started off with drawing pictures − with, preferably, a #2 pencil! Since my teen years were spent during the 1980s, I –like a lot of other teens — was into D&D, and would spend hours of my spare time drawing pictures of dragons or Conan the Barbarian! But, I eventually tried my hand at writing − but not before reading The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

Swashbuckling author Ted Anthony Roberts

Swashbuckling author Ted Anthony Roberts

Reading the novel was a game changer for my life. This interest in the story actually began in about 1978 or 1979, when I was around eight years old. On a school night, mind ye!, I stayed up to nearly 3 o’clock in the morning, because a movie had caught my attention. Naturally, it was The Three Musketeers, starring Gene Kelly as d’Artagnan. I couldn’t get that story out of my mind! Since then, I had seen the movie only one other time before the VCR came into play. And, when I noticed that my favorite movie had been put on VHS, I ended up renting the thing over a dozen times! By the time I was sixteen, I was ready to read the book − which I thought was nothing more than a transcript of the movie. However, I was in for a big surprise! Not only was it not like the movie that I had grown so fond of (except for bits here and there), but I found the novel to be even better.

So, then, after my seventh reading of the novel, and after reading it’s sequel — Twenty Years After, and The Man in the Iron Mask — I felt that I was ready to write my first story. This first, very rough draft (which came out to be only 75 pages of written text onto notebook paper − single sided only!) was the beginning of my first novel: The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer. Acting out the scenes vividly in my mind, I had finally found a way to put my vast imagination to good use!

After investing into a Typewriter (yes, this was before computers, youngsters!), I finally typed out the thing, and submitted it to a publisher. The lady was very nice, and had gently told me that I needed to expound more, and I needed to work on my sentence structure better. Taking Creative Writing in school, I had learned that it was the first twenty years that would be the hardest on any inspiring writer . . . After writing, re-writing, abandoning, coming back to it, abandoning, re-writing, coming back to it, I finally published Donaree in 2009. Followed a few years later by the second novel that I wrote (that I also had first written when I was sixteen) called Captain Skull, in 2012.

It’s funny because I grew up loving the 1993 Disney Three Musketeers and then later, in college, I finally picked up Dumas’ book. I was also pretty surprised by how majorly different things were. I don’t think most people realize how adult those stories are. They think it’s children’s tales.

We have a lot in common in that we both have a strong love for the classic swashbuckler. What drew you to the genre?

As I’ve already shown my draw to the Musketeers, I had also, through the following years, grown an attraction to other stories in the vast world of swashbuckling. When I began to notice a familiar pattern between movies of the same genre, I would take special notice, then try and find the novels that matched the movies. But, the entire atmosphere and spirit of the old movies was the key factor in what had drawn me. Such life! Such adventure! Such action! Who, with an adventurous imagination, could resist such a showing? I began to get drawn into such subjects as pirates, knights, and Musketeers; with such movies as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Scaramouche, and Ivanhoe; to such swashbuckling authors as Rafael Sabatini, Daniel Defoe, and Robert Louis Stevenson; and into such novels as Cyrano de Bergerac, Kidnapped, and The Mark of Zorro! They all have one thing in common: Swashbuckling!

I’m a bit biased, but that’s a great slew of stories. Sabatini is a personal fav of mine and I grew up wanting to be Zorro so bad. I must’ve dressed as him for Halloween for half my childhood.

Tell us a little about your book The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer. What’s it about and what can readers expect?

Of my two novels thus far, Donaree seems to be the fan favorite! I myself had actually had more fun writing Captain Skull because of how I get into the human psyche, and of the rights or wrongs of becoming a pirate. But that’s not saying that Donaree wasn’t fun to write also!

The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree, the MusketeerWhat Donaree has and what Captain Skull is missing is a vast sweep of spirited swashbuckling adventure, rather than the intense dramatic moments of my pirate novel. Donaree sweeps you up at the very beginning with a duel! The antagonist — much to the surprise of the hero (and of whom the hero spares) — actually becomes a thorn in the side of Donaree throughout the story: of whom thwarts him at every turn. What had happened is that the Musketeer’s lady love (Madame Charlotte de La Rose) had been abducted by the very man of whom Donaree duels at the start of the story − a certain Comte de Franc. The reason for the duel, obviously, was to try and kill the Musketeer quickly so that he wouldn’t be a problem, to stop the progress of the lady’s abduction. Of course, when Donaree learns of these things, he sets out on an adventure to rescue her, and to bring her back home.

But, his adventure not only leads him on chase to England, but also to the open sea, facing pirates, and eventually to the shores of Spain . . . But, I believe that the Adventures of Donaree confuses a few folks in the lightheartedness of the story, for I had one fan write a review saying that even though she thoroughly enjoyed the story, it was the lightheartedness that led her to believe that it may have been written for a younger audience. What it is, actually, is that it’s written for a ‘family’ audience, and in the same spirit as the old swashbuckling movies of the silver screen − back when films would please anybody of any age.

Therefore, as one can guess, I do not add adult themes or situations into the body of the written text of my novels. It was my intention, and on purpose, that I try to capture the atmosphere of my old-time favorite swash-films − even in Captain Skull. Both novels are available at Amazon and various other online book stores, in both Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook.”

It’s funny because when I first got into fiction writing and was sharing my swashbucklers to folks, I would hear the same thing — a feeling that it was written for kids. One classmate even read one of my short-stories to two boys she was babysitting. But I never write with a particular age in mind, though I would say that Honor Among Thieves is geared more to adults because of the themes.

You’ve also elected to go the self-publishing route. What led you to put out your stories yourself instead of going the traditional agent-publisher way?

Back in 2009, I had actually sent my Donaree manuscript out to a lot of publishers and agents. One publisher, during the process, was surprised at my story, saying that he had never met or spoken to a swashbuckling author before! I could see that the market was low for my chosen genre, and I wasn’t about to make Donaree a vampire!

Even though I could have tried other publishers, I began to back off, thinking that somebody, even if they liked the story, might not appreciate my style of writing (which I write more like folks from the eighteenth and nineteenth century than modern people!), and they may try to change bits of my story! Perhaps I was selfish, like Cyrano, who had said: “Rewrite, my lines? Impossible!” But, I was determined to make things go the way that I wanted them to go, so I just decided to go ahead and do it myself.

I’ve read a book about Musketeer vampires and I’m so glad you didn’t go that route. ��

What do you find the hardest part of being a self-published author?

Advertising! Advertising! Advertising! Whose got the time or the money? Ha!

Like me, you’re a huge fan of The Three Musketeers. What is about the book that you love so much?

That’s easy: it’s d’Artagnan’s cool and nonchalant mannerism!

Believe it or not, there is a lot about d’Artagnan’s personality that reminds me so much of myself! Or, much rather, of what and who I’d like to be! But, in fact, I was drawn to the personalities of all four of the Musketeers, even though I am not allowed to love Aramis! (that’s an inside novel joke!) But, like him, I can! Athos is the father figure of the group, and Porthos (whom Dumas had his own father in mind when he invented his personality) is the loveable, but dense, funny guy! Dumas, though (as Robert Louis Stevenson had so eloquently pointed out), is the man who had breathed life into the story and characters. And, what a story! A story, I dare so say (and, yes, this is my biased opinion!) is the greatest swashbuckler of all time!

You’ll get no argument from me there. ��

There’s been so many renditions of the Musketeers on TV and film. Which one would be your desert island watch?

It may seem hard to answer, for many talents had been poured into the roles by many gifted actors, but I’d have to say, with a dexterity that’s as quick as d’Artagnan’s sword, that it would have to be the 1948 Technicolor classic, starring Gene Kelly as d’Artagnan, Van Heflin as Athos, Robert Coote as Aramis, Gig Young as Porthos, Lana Turner as Milady, and Vincent Price as Richelieu! . . . But honorary mentions would have to be the Disney film of the early nineties, The Man in the Iron Mask (with an exceptionally talented Gabriel Byrne as an older d’Artagnan), and the newest rendition with an excellent portrayal of a young d’Artagnan by Logan Lerman.

Although historical fiction is a pretty popular genre nowadays, there aren’t a lot of people writing swashbucklers. And it’s funny because the swashbuckler was huge in America for so long. What do you think happened?

Oh, my! What a question!

Captain Skull by Ted Anthony RobertsI actually believe there has been a dramatic decline in the genre since the 1960s. With that in mind, I had created The Swashbuckling Press back in the early 2000s , which is a website that not only houses historical information about the vast genre, but was an attempt to help bring interest and life back into it! Even though there are certain TV shows and movies which try to keep it alive, as much as possible I suppose, the world-wide interest that it once held, is really not there anymore! And, such a shame − it’s so much fun! But, I can’t whine about it too much, for we do have a vast library of movies and books from the past that still keeps it alive on a very high level . . . Its decline, however, may be linked to the lack of proper and higher education, and of the interest of reading in general − which seemed to be on a higher level once upon a time!

That’s an interesting theory.

Fortunately, we’re seeing more adventure-based historicals with the BBC’s The Musketeers and Black Sails. Hopefully that means America and the UK are falling back in love with the swashbuckler!

That would be wonderful! All I can say to that is All for one…

And one for all!

Thanks to Ted for the great interview. Be sure to visit him online at the following links, and give his books a shot!

 

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Renaissance Performers & Merchants interview

Swashbuckling with Ted Anthony Roberts

 

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As I write this blog and as long as I've been networking online, I've met some incredibly talented people. This is all about my newest friend, author and card game maker Ted Anthony Roberts.

 

1) How many books have you written and what are they about mostly? (if you can keep it to just Renaissance/Medieval theme here, that would be fabulous, but you can mention others if you like at the end)

 

So far, I have ‘published’ only one novel, which is set just after the Renaissance period, and takes place in France in 1667 A.D. The book is entitled: ‘The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer!’ Laced with the style and spirit of past Swashbuckling authors (such as Alexandre Dumas; Rafael Sabatini; and Robert Louis Stevenson), it has enough modern flare, comedy, romance and adventure that is sure to please the modern fans of the Swashbuckling genre!

 

Monsieur Donaree is an elite bodyguard for king Louis XIV of France, who learns that the love of his life (a certain Madame de La Rose) has been mysteriously abducted, and carried off to England under strict guard. Having not a single enemy in the world, Donaree cannot figure why this lady would be targeted with such a crime! Obtaining an immediate, temporary leave from his Musketeer captain (an older Monsieur d’Artagnan of the ‘Three Musketeers’ fame), Donaree heads off toward England in hopes of retrieving his love, only to find that in so doing, he gets more than he bargains for ~ because there is danger at every turn! His adventures not only lead him into England, but also to the open sea to face pirates, all the way to find danger even at the shores of Spain!

 

Bountifully painted with swashbuckling swordplay; drama; mystery; romance; and even comedy – ‘The Adventures of Donaree’ breathes life once more into the Swashbuckling novel, while mixing it with the best ideas from Swashbuckling movies, and dashing in a good amount of a modern feel!

 
 

I’ve also begun, perhaps, a dozen other novels as well ~ every one set in the Swashbuckling genre ~ and each at different time periods. Samples of these writings can be read at my author website: www.tedanthonyroberts.webs.com

 

My next published novel will be a pirate story, called: ‘Captain Skull.’ Samples of which can also be found at my website.

 

2) What got you started writing or inspired you?

 

Honstly, more than anything, I have to say that my biggest inspiration, and of which lead me to the Swashbuckling road, was Alexandre Dumas’ ‘The Three Musketeers.’ This is why my first novel is a bit of a dedication to whom I believe is THE master of literary pen stroke! If I could only attain to what he has achieved in penmanship, then I could lay my quill aside in retired satisfaction!

 

Also, I have to remove my plumed hat, and take a low bow to my other inspirations as well …. And here are a few (of both Swashbuckling Authors and Swashbuckling Actors of the silver screen): Rafael Sabatini (‘The Sea Hawk;’ ‘The Black Swan;’ ‘Captain Blood;’ and, amongst others, ‘Scaramouche!’); Robert Louis Stevenson (‘Kidnapped;’ ‘Treasure Island;’ and ‘The Master of Ballantrae.’); Daniel DeFoe (‘Memoirs of a Cavalier’; and ‘Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue.’); Sir Walter Scott (‘Ivanhoe;’ and ‘The Talisman.’); Errol Flynn (‘Captain Blood;’ ‘The Sea Hawk;’ ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood;’ ‘Don Juan;’ and ‘The Master of Ballantrae;’); Tyrone Power (‘The Mark of Zorro;’ and ‘The Black Swan.’); and Louis Hayward (‘The Man in the Iron Mask.’). Other inspirations that helped shape my craft were Douglas Fairbanks, Sr and Jr; Booth Tarkington; Harold MacGrath; Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras; Robert Taylor; George Sanders; Howard Pyle; and Cyrano de Bergerac!

 

3) Have Renaissance Festivals/Faires made any impression on you to put some of the characters you find there in your books?

 

To me, the Renaissance Festival is a living Swashbuckling book! I have been very pleased to what I have found and seen at the faire! If it hasn’t affected me directly, I know that what goes on in entertainment there has been inspired to them by the same kin as to what has affected myself and my work! We’re working on the same team!

 

4) Explain your card games and how they work.


Back when I first wrote the roughdraft of my Musketeer novel, in about 1987, I was also inspired to create a card-game that would have the same Swashbuckling ‘feel’ to it. So, inspired by history, my story and, especially, by Dumas’ ‘Three Musketeers’ novel, I created a fifty-two card, one deck card game, based upon Musketeer style battle. As the years passed, so my game got upgraded, expanded, and highly improved! Finally, after years of tweeking and perfecting, I decided to go ahead and present the game to the world at large, in an eight deck, collectible card-game, that has room to grow and expand even larger!

Calling the game: ‘Musketeers, Cavaliers, and Court Intrigue,’ I also decided to give the game a “blanket” name of: “Of Swords & Nations,” for the simple fact that I hope to add other types of decks into that universe …. What do I mean? Simply this, that if this eight deck game is based upon Musketeer history, I can also add other decks based upon other types of history as well, such as ‘Pirates;’ ‘Knights;’ and even ‘Robin Hood!’ But, for the moment, my decks remain in the Musketeer world that Alexandre Dumas brought alive in ‘The Three Musketeers.’

 


When I first created the game in the late 1980’s, it centered only around field battle; but as the years passed, I decided that battling on a field was just too simple, and decided to lace the game with court intrigues; assassinations; and political battles as well! Giving the game this type of scope, it has turned into a grand adventure that can take upon many twists and turns that will turn out the same!

 

The game is unique in that it can either act as a single deck for a simple family night play; or, the player can obtain multiple decks, and ‘build’ that ultimate deck for themselves that’s unbeatable! I battled the idea if I should bring out a starter deck, and then have expansion packs to add on like all other collectible card games, but then decided to go another route ~ one which would be more affordable for the serious collector, and that is to have whole decks to purchase that represents each ‘faction’ the game encounters. In other words, you can choose to either be a French Royalist (for Louis XIII of France); a French Cardinalist (for Cardinal Richelieu, who was in competition with Louis); for Queen Anne of France (who was in political intrigue against both Louis and Richelieu); for Prince de Conde (brother of Louis, who was in competition with everyone, and would turn on his own country if the need arose); or you can become an English Royalist or Puritan. Details of ‘game setting,’ and of which faction you would like to become, is listed in detail at the official webpage for the game:

 

www.swashbucklingpress.webs.com/musketeercardgame.htm

 

5) Do you use mostly historical characters from your books? How much research have you done in order to find out what they were like or do you make the books somewhat fictional?

 

I’ve been studying history for over twenty years and use that knowledge to write my novels with. I want the story to be enriched by the history of our world, but I don’t let it bog down the story, or burden it. I try to be as free-flowing as I can without endangering or damaging history, but make the story read like a movie plot, and give history to my readers as a side note – except in the case of my introduction to Donaree, which I felt it necessary to give a rich history and detail of the Musketeers, since most of the world thinks it’s only a candybar! Hopefully, the new Musketeer movie that is about to come out will help remedy that problem as well.

 

However, I will say that some of my characters are fictional, and some are historical; but I’m under sworn secrecy from Donaree not to tell anybody which is which!

 

6) What would you say to a person trying to write/get out there/publish their own book or story?

 

There was a comedy sci-fi movie that came out within the past ten years who had the motto of “Never give up, never surrender!” That is, if I’m quoting that correctly (it’s been a while since I’ve seen it). But even so, that motto, whether quoted correctly or not, should be observed by any inspired author. I remember reading a quote from the creator of Garfield the cat who said that he could have wallpapered an entire wall in his bedroom with the rejection slips he got for his cartoon strip idea! Just because you get rejected, it doesn’t mean your stuff isn’t good, but even professionals are guided by ‘tastes,’ just as well as you and I. However, being rejected also doesn’t mean your work is quality material. Constructive criticism should always be observed and listened to, and not thrown down immediately. Listen to your audience, and if you need to spend more time developing your craft, then please do so ~ but never give up! My writing teacher in college told me that the first twenty years of writing is always the hardest, for it’s when you are finding out who you are. Don’t think you are good after writing for only a year or two, but think of yourself as a novice who needs more and more practice. Remember, practice makes perfect, and do yourself a favor, read many classics to bring your level of thinking to a higher level!

 

7) What other ways are you marketing yourself - website/blog/fan page, etc...

 

Right now, I have several websites up that I use as a vehicle to promote my book and my game.

 

First, I have ‘The Swashbuckling Press’

 

www.swashbucklingpress.webs.com

 

Which showcases history is a better light ~ the lens of adventure! Here I have articles on Musketeers; Pirates; Knights; Fantasy; and much, much more. This website supports several purposes of mine: 1) to have the greatest amount of information on Swashbuckling history, through literature and film; 2) to showcase my novel and card game; and 3) to showcase my Swashbuckling Store, which is powered by Amazon.com, and features products of a Swashbuckling nature, such as film, books, period clothing, weaponry and even jewelry!

 

Ted Anthony Roberts, Swashbuckling Author

 

www.tedanthonyroberts.webs.com

 

Here I house upcoming novel ideas with writing samples of the first few chapters of several story ideas. Not only do I have the Introduction and first three chapters of Donaree the Musketeer, but I also have stories covering Pirates; the French Revolution; and of other Swashbuckling times as well.

Swashbuckling Author FACEBOOK page

 

http://www.facebook.com/people/Ted-Anthony-Roberts/100000335974416

 

Not only do I have a facebook page which promotes my writings, but I have some sub-facebook pages, which are connected with this main page, that promotes my novel, my card game, and even The Swashbuckling Press.

 

8) Have you started writing another book series yet and if so, when will it be out?

 

I’ve begun over a dozen novels, some of which are displayed on my Author website, but my next novel will be ‘Captain Skull,’ which is based on Pirates! As of right now, however, I’m not sure when the book will be published. The first few chapters are available to read.

 

9) Why this particular period of time (Renaissance/Medieval) so important in bringing out in your books/card games? Do you find the genre that expansive?

 

The world of Swashbuckling is VERY expansive; and one of which that needs to be worked in more often. I’m very happy that Hollywood is still bringing out some Swashbuckling movies to keep the genre alive, such as ‘Robin Hood;’ ‘The Three Musketeers;’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’

 

I love history so much, that not only Medieval and Renaissance periods fascinate me, but all history as well! And just as long as there have been kings in need of protection, there has been brave Swashbucklers there to protect them with their willing swords, spears, maces, and grand wit! This is a fascination that leads all the way to my third year in school when I first remember seeing the movie ‘The Three Musketeers’ with Gene Kelly ~ that’s what did it! Those grand costumes, that grand swordplay, those wonderful characters, all combined together into a world that I could not resist, and which eventually ended up on the tip of my literary pen!

 

10) [Post any blurb/last thing you would like to mention/say/have on the fan page or blog]

 

Let’s pull together to keep the world of Swashbuckling history alive!


Ted Anthony Roberts & The Swashbuckling Press

 

Information found in the back of my first published novel, The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer: 

 

Ted Anthony Roberts

and

The Swashbuckling Press

Greetings enthusiastic swashbuckling readers! I thank you for reading The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer, and I hope that you have truly enjoyed what you have read. I just wanted to take a moment, as an afterthought to this tale, to not only give a brief background of my own swashbuckling interests, in what got me going on the long road to swashbuckling endeavors, but to also introduce you to a web-site project of mine that I have started a few years back.

I trace all of this to a late night, back in about nineteen-seventy nine, when I was about eight years old, at which time I was supposed to be asleep, for it was a school night indeed, but I had decided to stay up late and sneak in some television behind my parents back. Honestly, I was fixing to go to sleep at about one in the morning, when of a sudden a movie came on that caught my full attention! What was it? Well, it had very flashy costumes; it had flying swords; it had all the makings of a theme that I would come to know later as the wonderful world of swashbuckling! It was the 1948 Technicolor rendition of The Three Musketeers, starring Gene Kelly and Vincent Price. I cannot begin to tell you what a delightful affect that it had on me then, but it truly had an affect on the rest of my life for sure. Since then, I had seen the same movie at least ten more times before I finally began to desire reading the novel. Now, we are jumping ahead some years to when I was fifteen years old, about to turn sixteen, and I thought – well, what a wonderful idea for my Christmas present for this year. I then requested a copy from my mother.

I am happy to recall that I joyfully un-wrapped the dear book of my choice on that most joyous Christmas occasion – of which my mother had informed me of how hard it was to come into possession of, seeing as she had to try many stores before one copy could be found! Now, keep in mind, that this was before the wonderful world of the internet had really come into play for everyone, and amazon.com was not available, as it is wonderfully now! Anyway, I could not have been more surprised as to what I was in store for in story form, written by the hand of a literary master – I had actually loved this reading more than the movie itself! And after my seventh reading of that curious text, now in my sixteenth year upon this earth, I had felt that I was ever so ready to write my own novel on such a vein as to what I had read – and I had done so, having the very first draft of The Adventures of Donaree done within only a month, and only about seventy-five pages of hand written material as to its production. Even though in the basest form that one could possibly imagine, the entire plot line was laid out before me as it still stands today – but it hardly dripped of the poetical flow that it lacked in every turn of the rugged words that were desperately scratched upon those pages! Immediately following, I penned my second novel within two months afterwards, which is still the basis of the next novel that I will produce for my reading audience in the not too far distant future – of which will be of a piratical nature in composition.

Realizing my complete lack of textual finesse, and of my more than noticeable presence of inevitable flaws, I would spend many following years (off and on, and not as consistent as I should have been) in the developing of my literary craft – which indeed produced more novel ideas (some of which can be experienced at my present website: tedanthonyroberts.webs.com), but did no more for poor Donaree!

As the composers of the Biblical text loved to so phrase it, I too had finally decided to gird the loins of my mind, determining myself to set my hand to the final draft of Monsieur Donaree, who had kept screaming at me from the sidelines to complete him! I finally gave in, and obliged him so.

All through the years, however, I have gained a definite love for the vast world of Swashbuckling – which I embrace in its historical beauty – and at my other website, which was created for such an enterprise, at swashbucklingpress.webs.com.

There, I dive into other matters of historical and adventurous flare, and try to explore them at different levels. Far from being complete, I invite patience to the readers and I continuously add on to the site whenever I possibly can.

And what subjects are covered? Anything from Robin Hood to Ivanhoe; from The Lord of the Rings to King Arthur; from the Pirates of the Caribbean to The Chronicles of Narnia; from Scaramouche to Gladiator!

This has also produced a sister site at my hands as well, which completely tips its hat to the life and history of the most famous of Musketeers: Monsieur d’Artagnan – gasconadventurer.webs.com.

I so invite all my readers to visit these pages, and if they are so inclined, to include a friendly message to me on my guestbooks, where other of my friends can enjoy them as well.

Take care, friends, and thanks again for visiting me and Monsieur de La Donaree! 

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READ WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT DONAREE:

"Nicely done. I really enjoyed the history in the introduction and the duel is well written. Best of luck with the novel!" ~ Author David Lee Summers, author of five books: Vampires of the Scarlet Order, The Solar Sea, and the "Old Star" science fiction series: The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, and Heirs of the New Earth. www.davidleesummers.com

"Very exciting read! Felt like I was there witnessing the action!" ~ Candle Artist Jfay,
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"I really enjoyed the humour and really laughed, not at Monsieur de la Donaree but with Monsieur de la Donaree! I dont know if you wrote it in this spirit but if you had a bit of Molière in you, I would not be surprised! He knew how to study people and would turn situations into a comic play! I laughed out loud, this is a gem! Not only de la Donaree is a fine sword, he has also a fine nose when it comes to pinpoint personalities, I'm talking about the Inkeeper and his situation with the wife here!! The second part is indeed in pure swashbuckling spirit, in rhythm and enthusiasm! And the end is a cliff-hanger! The beginning is "cocasse" (funny) as they might have said then in Gascony, and witty! Indeed Alexandre Dumas had a sense of humour too and satirically created at least one of his character ( in another book) to a character made up by Molière in one of his comic play. And Molière also took his inspiration from Dumas' s Musketeers and "The Man in the Iron Mask." I liked it! I had fun while reading this chapter about Monsieur de la Donaree, as while following the spirit of the Musketeers you gave a contemporary touch to the text!" ~ Artist Nicole Marques,
www.myspace.com/nicolemarques

"Hurrah, Ted! I gleefully await the next installment! LOVE the romantic stuff! Bring it on! There are few things in this world I like better than a hot Viscount. Keep going, Ted! Bravo! Keep writing! I can't wait to read more! But it is par for the course as I am also a writer. Keep in touch!" ~ Author Genella de Grey, author of "Remember Me."
www.genelladegrey.com

"Wow - What a wonderful beginning. As a whole, you have a unique way of writing & you captivated me by a few sentences peaking my interest to continue. For instance: ...hazed by the early morning mist...I love it! I look forward to reading the next chapter. You've gained my interest. That was impresive & informative. You've still got the hook in & I'm dangling to hear more. Thanks for the sneak peak." ~ Aspiring Author R.F.Taylor: Rianna

"Well done. Chapter One entices the reader craving more. I will look for The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer on the web. Keep up the excellent writing..." ~
Ferf