About

I am the author of a series of crime books set in medieval England. So far, I’ve 32 titles published in the Templar series, the first two of a Hundred Years War trilogy, and two more on the blocks ready to print.

I’m an experienced writer, presenter, judge and competition manager. In an age where only the very top authors have even a budget for marketing, I’m also a bit of an entrepreneur and gradually learning marketing and publicity. Well, if no one else will do it . . .

A few years ago I was Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, and I am a member of the Detection Club. I’ve founded Medieval Murderers and Bloody Brits as performance groups, and helped found the Historical Writers’ Association. In between, I’ve criss-crossed America signing books, from Anchorage to Houston and New York. In 2014 I was the Grand Master of the first parade in the New Orleans Mardi Gras, as well as the International Guest of Honour at the Bloody Words Convention in Toronto. Oh, and I’ve helped design a fountain pen with the wonderful Conway Stewart company.

For me, historical books should read as easily as any modern thriller. That is what I am looking to provide: action, excitement, and a rest away from modern life and modern problems. But accuracy is key as well. I don’t want to mislead. So you may find aspects of my books that irritate, annoy, or make you downright angry. If I do – sorry. But it’s how life was, and how people were.

These pages are to be about my writing, the life of a novelist trying to scratch a living in the new century.

For more about my different interests and passions, take a look at my other blog at http://www.michaeljecks.co.uk/photoblog – and on the main pages there you can also see where I’ll be delivering talks or signing books, too.

Because my books take up most of my time, there will be occasions when I cannot blog as often as I’d like, but I will be trying to write a short post at least twice a week. While writing a novel, that may slide a little, but at least the intention’s good!

Happy reading, and if you don’t enjoy my blogs, well, I understand. I can’t please everyone all the time!

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30 Responses to “About”
  1. Hi there,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you :-)

    Have a great day,

    Eddie

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  2. James Lyons says:

    Hi just nominated you for Very inspiring Blogger Award. You can view it here: http://wp.me/p4jR6N-g9

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  3. Sally MacAller says:

    Please follow up ‘City of Fiends’ with a book noting the ending of Edward II life ( realize the history is controversial – especially Ian Mortimer’s take on it) plus it did seem that Baldwin and Simon have a few years of adventures left to report???

    Also ‘Fields of Glory’ could also use few sequels please. Your use of history is rather marvelously accurate, and I truly appreciate that while having read all of your books concerned with the Medieaval period. Thank You, i am an ever fan!,
    Sally MacAller

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    • Hi, Sally, and as soon as I can, I will. It’s the age-old problem. I need to show the publisher that there is a good market for a book of this sort. I’m straining my little grey cells with a view to how to introduce this as a concept, and I hope one day there will be a book that covers it. Keep watching this space!

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    Thanks for following my blog! Yours is right up my alley. Medieval England? I have to read your books!

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  5. gpcox says:

    Pleased to meet you.

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  6. Lindsey Russell says:

    Don’t know if this is going to show up here. Trying to get my head round what your mechanic has loaned you. Are you sitting in a car in your study/office?

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  7. Many thanks for the reblog, my friend!

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