Every good pirate story needs a treasure map: here’s mine

A little behind-the-scenes from the creation of Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure.

At the beginning of Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure, archivist Darwin Trickett discovers, among other things, a treasure map he believes was drawn by none other than Blackbeard himself.

However, there are no markings on the map besides a big X indicating the treasure’s location and the inscription: treasurre buried 23 paces in by the large oak under the falling sun where dolphinss gather.

This finding propels Darwin and his only friend Lucas on an adventure to try to find the mysterious site on the map.

About halfway through the writing of the novel, I knew that this map would play a huge role in the story and wanted to have one made. So, I commissioned a graphic artist to create one for me.

Here it is. I would say “good luck” in trying to figure out what the map depicts, or you could read Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure to see if Darwin and Lucas are able to decipher it.

kidney scroll map


My model for Blackbeard in Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure

Blackbeard FigureA little behind-the-scenes from Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure.

This Blackbeard figure served as my model for the pirate during the writing of Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure.
I got this during a research trip to Bath, NC – the town where the notorious pirate lived before his death.

I visited the Pirate’s Treasure Shop on S Main St. and met the owner/proprietor, a sweet older woman named Alethia. She took the time to answer many of my questions about Blackbeard and Bath.

Some of that conversation ended up in the novel.

Q&A with author Caleb Wygal

Caleb WygalEvery now and then, I get questions from readers. In this article, I answer some of those questions.

If you have any questions for me, please leave them in the comments section below, and I will answer them in a future Q&A.

Here goes:

How do you get inspired to write?

My inspiration comes from within. Many years ago, I thought to myself, “I know that life is short. How can I leave something that will leave a mark, and possibly be discovered by someone a hundred or a thousand years in the future?”

Writing a book was my answer. Now that I’ve completed a third, half of another, and started a fifth, it’s an addiction. I am driven to complete what I started, and I want to do it in the best possible way.

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

I got the idea while I was on vacation in South Carolina. My wife and I watched a show on the History Channel about pirates, and Blackbeard in particular. It struck me that he had been in the same waters three hundred years before.

During that same week, I learned about how the first settler to the island we were on had his plantation destroyed in an attack by unknown pirates.

I asked the question to myself: What if that was Blackbeard?

Thus, the idea for Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure was born.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Practice, practice, practice. Don’t be afraid of what others will think of your writing. Let it come from the heart. Write with the door closed, and don’t open it to others until you have your first draft complete.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I love being able to create worlds and craft characters. My two main characters in Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure, Darwin and Lucas, grow as the story goes on, and by the end, they have a different outlook on life.

Sometimes, as with my murder mystery A Murder in Concord, I like setting an elaborate scene with a dead body dropped in the middle of it. Lucas found himself as the only suspect and took it upon himself to clear his name. To do that, he had to figure out the puzzle for himself during the book while having to run from another character with, um, bad intentions.

For me, the challenge was figuring it out myself on the fly. That was fun.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Take a shower or go for a drive. I kid you not, most of my best ideas come from those two places.

What are you currently working on?

An action/adventure novel about the search for the Fountain of Youth using the same cast of characters from Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure.

When you want a hooker, don’t go to this area of Monroe, NC

20160526_143627My wife and I were recently traveling through Monroe, NC and came to an intersection and saw this sign.

I had to stop and take a picture. It wasn’t a busy intersection and it was in an older commercial area of the town.

Our questions were: Why is this sign here? Is prostitution that big of a problem in this town? Does this imply that we can go elsewhere in town and find some action? And, now where are we supposed to go the next time we’re looking for a hooker on a Thursday afternoon?


Video Trailer for Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure

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A three-hundred year old mystery from one of the world’s most notorious pirates . . .

An unsolved murder from 1982 . . .

A treasure map uncovered . . .

The adventure of a lifetime for two friends could lead to fame and fortune, or to their deaths.

Deep within the archives at a museum in Raleigh, NC, researcher and recent college graduate Darwin Trickett makes the discovery of a lifetime: the diary of Blackbeard’s wife, Mary Ormond. As he examines the ancient journal, a folded map falls from its pages. He asks one of his few friends, Lucas Caine, for assistance in helping him find the location marked on the map they believe was drawn by none other than Blackbeard himself.

Caine is near the end of a surprising divorce proceeding and at the end of his rope as to what to do next with his life. He and Trickett head to Bath, NC, the final home of Blackbeard, bringing him a welcome distraction.

In small-town Bath, they quickly find assistance from a few locals, one of them a Blackbeard impersonator and owner of a large coastal shipping company. Lucas suspects there is more to the man than what he is telling them, but shady circumstances force Darwin and Lucas to call on his help.

They uncover clues leading them to several locations along the Carolina coast in search of treasure while being shadowed by a group of mysterious men.

By the time Darwin and Lucas unravel the clues embedded in Mary Ormond’s diary and Blackbeard’s map, and just when they think they’re safe, they find themselves fighting for their lives.

What happens next will rewrite the history books and change the two men’s lives forever.

Blackbeard's Lost Treasure, cover

Blackbeard plays role in modern-day mystery | Washington Daily News

Caleb made the front page of the Washington Daily News for his novel, Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure! (Order Here)

Read the entire article at the link.

A decades-old unsolved murder, the 300-year-old mystery and an adventure of a lifetime collide in the new novel “Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure” by Caleb Wygal.

“Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure” is Wygal’s third mystery featuring his character Lucas Caine.

The novel is about two friends, Darwin Trickett and Caine. An archivist with the North Carolina History Museum in Raleigh, Trickett stumbles across the journal of Blackbeard’s wife, Mary Ormond, along with a treasure map tucked inside. Calling on Caine, the two set off on an adventure that takes them across eastern North Carolina, from Bath to the Outer Banks.

Read the entire article here: Blackbeard plays role in modern-day mystery | Washington Daily News