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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.

    • Recent Posts

    Another Week, Another Edit

    Last week I was glad to finish one edit – this week I have another. It’s one of the more accurate observations, the fact that all writing is rewriting. I estimated that my first novel was the result of reading and rereading my manuscript somewhere in the region of thirty five times. By the end … Continue reading

    My standing desk

    NaNoWriMo and more…

    There are plenty of people who’ve been trying desperately hard to write in the last few weeks since the start of NaNoWriMo ’15. I can all too easily empathise with their frustrations. One thing that many people don’t realise, when they set out to write something, is that there are very few jobs quite so … Continue reading

    To get to this you will need to be disciplined.

    Writing Discipline

    As a follow-up to yesterday’s Top Ten Tips on NaNoWriMo, I thought I ought to add a response to two of the comments I’ve received. The two points that were raised both relate to discipline more than anything else. First, another writer was a little concerned at my point 7. She pointed out, quite rightly, that she was an … Continue reading

    It takes a lot of time to edit a novel, but it's worth it!

    NaNoWriMo – My Top Ten Tips!

    So here it is, another year, and already another NaNoWriMo. You’ve never heard of it? It’s the National Novel Writing Month, and it involves a vast number of aspiring authors getting together with professional writers, making a statement about their objective of writing a book in the month of November, and cracking on with it. … Continue reading

    Four sons and Dad

    And so, back to work…

    This has been a strange weekend. So full of fun and enjoyment, but all shot through with melancholy. On the 4th of October, Beryl Joan Jecks, mother to four boys and foster-mother to Caroline, died. It was unpleasant seeing such a happy, vibrant lady fade away. The funeral was held on Friday. It was hard, as … Continue reading


    Review: HEARTS OF STONE by Simon Scarrow

    As I have said before, I will only review books I’ve enjoyed. Well … I’m a novelist, and I’ve written enough books to cost half the Amazon rainforest. That, for me, means I’m pretty hard to please. Especially in my chosen specialist subject of the historical story. Historicals for me create a number of problems. … Continue reading

    Mike 6


    I’m in the middle of preparing for an interview with Simon Scarrow this evening at Plymouth International Book Festival. I’ve admired Simon’s work for years now, although I’ve never had a chance to meet him before, so this is going to be great fun, talking to him about his writing, his latest books, and anything … Continue reading

    Big B 2

    Harrogate and more

    I have been booked for most of this year to go to the Harrogate History Festival, and I was really looking forward to it, but I’ve had to cancel. My event was to be on the 23rd, and that is the day of my mother’s funeral. Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see me there. Before … Continue reading

    The Outlaws Of Ennor by Michael Jecks

    Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
    Come to the island of Ennor in the Scilly Isles in the summer of 1323. The perfect holiday spot. OK, the pirates who plague the surrounding waters are a bit of a problem. As is the local lord’s interpretation of the salvage laws – namely…

    RIP Beryl Joan Jecks

    A lovely, kind and generous lady passed away yesterday. She had been ill for several months, but she endured it bravely and with fortitude. She was a very special lady and is hugely missed by her husband and four sons, as well as the numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bye, mum. Beryl Jecks – 1929-2015


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