Review: ALTAR OF BLOOD by Anthony Riches

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I have written before about books arriving when I really don’t need them. So often they are books that are entirely inappropriate. Say a book that is historical, and since I am known as a historical writer, they will send it to me. The trouble is, it’s historical romance, or it’s historical-ish, and has a … Continue reading

Thank You, Public Lending Right!

Look at that lovely row of Jecks titles!

It’s at this time of year that authors all sit back and stare in horror at their bank accounts. Christmas is past. Long past. The summer is a long way away. The heating has to be funded, food bought, children’s dance lessons, hockey lessons, rugby lessons all have to be paid for, as well as … Continue reading

Morris – an Introduction

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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

A New Week

Cawsand Beacon on a Winter's Day

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

Editing and Paper

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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

This Week Won’t be Easy

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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

Exciting Times!

There is always something happening when you have as many books published as I do. Last week Headline contacted me to let me know about two more little ideas they’ve had. First is a brilliant one, I have to admit. They are putting together THE MICHAEL JECKS COMPENDIUM. This is going to be a collection … Continue reading

Resolution

I'd like to introduce a few of these scammers/spammers to someone like Sir John de Sully or Baldwin de Furnshill!

And a very warm Happy New Year to you all! This year is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of my first book, THE LAST TEMPLAR. The last few years have been hard, as readers of my blog will have noticed. I’ve droned on pretty often about the trials and troubles of being a mid-list … Continue reading

Computers … Tools for the author

How my desk looked yesterday!

Sorry. There should have been a post yesterday. I try to post blogs on Mondays because – well, it’s my routine. However … I was thinking only the other day that I really ought to try using a typewriter again. There is something about the sight of the old keyboard, and the rhythmic rattle of … Continue reading

Collaborative Writing

Chronodex stickers and annual planner at a tidy(er) desk!

It’s a strange thing that nowadays it really is quite hard for a writer to go out on a limb and try something new. Some years ago I was on a panel talking with a friend when a member of the audience asked “Is there a natural end point to a series?” Phil Gooden, with masterful … Continue reading