New Promo Video for my Pirate Novel: Bad Company

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.   ~Ernest Hemingway

Like most young boys I was fascinated by Pirates!  I would make a black eyepatch, pirate flagfind a floppy hat and stick in a long feather, them make a sword out of scrap wood and run around terrorising my younger brother and sister.  And the most fun was talking like a pirate ( Arrrrrgh!!) and eating with my hands (until my Mom put a stop to that with a stern look and an implied threat of hanging from the yardarm).

PettsKiddLLSo when my daughter was born I would read her pirate stories and we would dress up and play pirates.  I even built a “pirate ship” play house one year, complete with ship’s wheel and rope ladders (pirates call them rat-lines!).

Then I got the idea to write a novel about pirates, partly from my life-long fascination with them, but also partly from a rather negative business experience where I hired a female CEO for one of my companies who turned out to be a “pirate” (long story, maybe some other time).  Anyway, I started doing research and discovered that there were actually female pirates in the 18th Century who dressed and fought like men.  Two of the most famous in history were Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

BadSo my novel, Bad Company, is about female pirates in the Caribbean in the 18th Century and a modern-day band of female criminals (pirates) posing as legitimate business advisors.

At the beginning of this blog is a new promo video for Bad Company, available as an eBook from and

And there’s even buried treasure!

Also, check out my other thriller novels at my website.

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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1 Response to New Promo Video for my Pirate Novel: Bad Company

  1. Raunak says:

    a great promo video for a brilliant book!


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