One small pile of paper to edit. Help!
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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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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

Character names – decisions, decisions!

Originally posted on The Writing Chimp:
Being indecisive? Am I the only writer who is indecisive when it comes to my character names? I don’t have any children, and yet I firmly believe naming a child would be far easier than naming a character in a book! Let’s face it you know exactly who you…

Up on the high moor near Belstone - where I walk for inspiration!

Holiday Blues

Writing is hard enough without the interruptions. I have, this week, to write a significant chunk of one novel, complete a short story, write the synopsis and outline for another, and gather ideas for a third. I have to also read a book, with another to read next week, and write up reviews. I have … Continue reading

The Devil’s Acolyte by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
Once upon a time, a monk from Tavistock saw fit to steal his Abbot’s wine. As punishment for his crime, he was lured onto the Devonshire moors by the devil himself and murdered. The story has been told throughout the ages in the region but…

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Roger Paul

It was ten years ago that Tinners’ Morris was founded. A motley crew of older men met up at South Zeal’s Victory Hall to experience Morris and see if Mike Palmer’s patience was sufficient. Since then, we’ve had new members join and some leave. This year we’ve lost one of our founding members. I remember … Continue reading

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WINTER SIEGE by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

WINTER SIEGE Published by Transworld Books, ISBN 978 0 857 50147 9 It is not often that I have time to try out a new writer. I don’t have enough time to read, apart from anything else. I’m still trying to catch up with Karen Maitland’s books, with Susanna Gregory’s, with the latest Paul Doherty’s … Continue reading

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Morris – an Introduction

There are some elements of any culture that cause embarrassment or difficulties when trying to translate them to people from other countries. I daresay some Scots find explaining why men wear kilts (and do or don’t wear anything beneath) as tricky, let alone the attraction of the noise of a series of pipes fed by a bladder … Continue reading

Cawsand Beacon on a Winter's Day

A New Week

It was just as I finished my last video, which was all about Conway Stewart’s demise, that I had a contact from a wonderful couple of guys who have set up a new company. This firm, called Bespoke British Pens, has been dealing with Onoto and other pens for some time, and now they have bought up … Continue reading

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Editing and Paper

I had a question today from a lovely lady in Japan asking whether I usually edit my books on paper. I had put up a photo of my morning desk (which was embarrassing, but I can cope), and prominent on it was the pile of paper that will be my next novel: BLOOD ON THE … Continue reading

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This Week Won’t be Easy

This week was always going to be a pain. Phew. A short story to write urgently. A book I’m really enjoying writing (modern -day, quite gritty but fun). Then last week I received a copy edit for the next Hundred Years War book, BLOOD ON THE SAND – and that’s going to be a good … Continue reading

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