Painting of Josselin Castle, Britanny
  • about.me

    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.

  • Recent Posts

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

Marketing for Authors

For those who weren’t aware, I have a YouTube channel on which I discuss many aspects of writing. If you haven’t seen it, look at this one, all about marketing your books – whether you’re an indie or published author! See the latest video here.

_GMH2742

Review The Raven’s Head

    I first met Karen some ten years ago now, at a literary festival in Lincoln, and I was delighted to do so. Only a few weeks before I had read her stunning and evocative book THE COMPANY OF LIARS, and it had blown me away. I was fascinated by her depiction of a … Continue reading

Painting of Nine Maidens near Belstone.

Author incomes – when does the money come in?

This is a quick post to answer the question I have been asked several times recently, which is: how soon are authors paid for their work? Oh, boy, I remember the day Marion Donaldson called me to confirm that Headline wanted to buy my first book, and that she wanted another two titles in the … Continue reading

Tom Harper while researching his novel.

An Interview with Tom Harper

I have been a writer for over twenty years now. In that time I’ve been enormously fortunate to meet many great people who have become firm friends. Tom Harper is one of those. We don’t meet terribly often, sadly, but he is a lovely bloke. It was good to have a chance to chat to … Continue reading

_GMH2729

Review: Zodiac Station by Tom Harper

I first met Tom Harper when he had a different name. Well, many of us do, don’t we? He was appallingly young, and had been a student actuary, like me, but had decided to leave that profession and take up an infinitely worse paid job as an author. Basically, he was not one of those … Continue reading

_GMH2735

Time. It’s only time.

I have some bright, intelligent men as brothers. And they may read this, so I won’t go into their foibles here. Well, not all of them. I am the youngest of four brothers. And I am inordinately lucky with my choice of family, since authors don’t always have smooth and easy lives. Having brothers who … Continue reading

2015-02-11 21.56.10

Questions to the Author: Samantha Norman

An Interview with Samantha Norman For most people, writing a book is hugely daunting. The idea of sitting down and typing every day for months is not something to inspire people. However, for Samantha Norman it was probably harder when she chose to write her first novel, “Winter Siege”, because this was a book started … Continue reading

South Tawton church looming over the village!

Getting back into the Rhythm

This year has been particularly hard so far. We’ve already lost one lovely lady, Shelagh Palmer, and last week we helped celebrate the life of Roger Paul. Both great friends, and both will be hugely missed. Still, life has to go on. I was struck yesterday by a blog post by Harry Bingham. It makes … Continue reading

One small pile of paper to edit. Help!

Sorting the Good from the Bad

I once read that the real problem that the allies had during the second Gulf War was information overload. They had satellites, men on the ground, aircraft, communications intelligence – so much data was coming in, that they couldn’t focus. Yes, the weaponry was superior, but they kept hitting the wrong targets because analysis was … Continue reading

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 38,238 other followers