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    Michael Jecks

    Michael Jecks

    Crime writer, historian, panellist and speaker

    Author of the best selling Templar series of medieval murder stories. There are 32 titles, and now my publishers have two Hundred Years War books ready. Look out for FIELDS OF GLORY in June.

    Highlights of my career? Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association International Guest of Honour at Bloody Words 2014 in Toronto Grand Marshall of the first parade in 2014 Mardi Gras, New Orleans Having the Michael Jecks fountain pen designed with Conway Stewart Founding the Medieval Murderers

    Speaking all over the world from Anchorage to Bogota, Brescia to Seattle, Piacenza to Toronto.

    I blog, I write for papers, and I give talks and after-dinner speeches. You want a humorous talk? I may be your guy. For the rest, I walk a lot, cycle, take photos, paint badly and spend too much time on twitter and facebook. I'm an enthusiastic home brewer of wine and beer - and to scare the uninitiated, I am also a Morris dancer with Tinners' Morris.

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Interview with MANDA SCOTT

This week I’m really proud to be talking to a writer I’ve admired for many years: Manda Scott, author of brilliant Roman stories, the re-inventor of Boudica, and now the writer of INTO THE FIRE, a retelling of the story of Joan of Arc (you can read my review here). MJ – Manda, could you tell us … Continue reading

Review: INTO THE FIRE, by Manda Scott, published in hardback by Transworld Books at £14.99

  ISBN: 978 0 593 07247 9 I have to declare an interest here. Manda is a good friend. We first met as crime writers, and in more recent years we’ve worked together to take her vision of the Historical Writers’ Association and bring it to fruition. She has also generously given me a bunch … Continue reading

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The Last Week of Work

Sorry to have been quiet last week, but I was working on the latest book. I still am, which is why this is likely to be a short blog too. However, it occurred to me that I ought to share the results of my last week’s work. I am in the period which I normally … Continue reading

My review of Michael Jecks Fields of Glory

With thanks to Clive for this review!   My review of Michael Jecks Fields of Glory.

Simple to use, easy to create handy outlines and plans

Getting the Ideas Right

This is one of those little posts where I discuss the way that I get things done. Not that my methods will work with everyone. They certainly won’t! However, if you are trying to write up a report for the boss, or get ideas down for an important essay, or even a dissertation, and you just … Continue reading

How my desk looked yesterday!

Trials and Irritations!

This is one of those blogs where I have a brief rant. And why not? I’m sitting here before a computer that is gleaming and lovely, when outside the birds are singing, the sun is shining and  … yes, I’m sitting here indoors, in a Dartmoor granite house that is freezing. It’s so cold I’m wearing … Continue reading

The look that says, 'You mug. I woudn't have done that.'

Distractions All the Way

One of the hardest aspects of writing is the fact that there are so many damnably attractive alternatives. You sit at the desk and try to focus on the day ahead. That involves thinking about the coming scenes, planning, plotting, getting the mind into the right frame for envisioning bloody murder or a battle scene, … Continue reading

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Interview with Karen Maitland

I was lucky enough to meet Karen Maitland some years ago at the Lincoln Festival, and we hit it off immediately. We had a great afternoon with a large audience, and at the end of it, I invited her to join Medieval Murderers. Since then, she’s been a hugely popular member of our group. However, … Continue reading

Technology

Welcome to another Jecks wittering. There are times when I sit at my desk and type and think about all kinds of happy things. There are times when I happily wallow in blood and guts in my mind – which is why I, like most crime writers, am such a well-balanced, pleasant, amiable fellow. I … Continue reading

Painting of Josselin Castle, Britanny

Big Data!

I was reading in a magazine an article by the excellent Simon Brett earlier today. It was an obituary for Phyllis James and mentioned that some time ago, while talking about writing, they discussed the worst questions authors are asked. My own favourite worst is, “Where do your books sell?” It’s a natural question. It’s … Continue reading

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