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!