Behold the Dawn Trailer

As those of you who follow me on Twitter or listen to my podcast probably already know, I’ve been busy this week supervising the production of  the  trailer for my upcoming historical novel Behold the Dawn. Today, I’m very pleased to share the Behold the Dawn trailer!

Winning Wednesday: T-Shirt

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Jacob Glenn. In order to win the double prize of the Behold the Dawn keychain and the Wordplay pen, he answered the question “At the time of the Third Crusade (1189-1192), was the use of plate armor prevalent?” Plate armor was not developed until the 14th century and did […]

Why Genre Writing Could Kill Your Career

Why Genre Writing Could Kill Your Career

The title of this week’s post is easily a very controversial, debatable, and in some respects downright wrong statement. After all, we have only to look at the latest copy of the New York Times to see that the fiction categories in its bestseller lists are inevitably headed by established genre writers. Very obviously, genre […]

Winning Wednesday: Keychain and Pen

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Adrie Ashford. In order to win the prize of the Behold the Dawn mouse pad, she answered the multiple choice question “Which of the following was not a common medical practice in the Middle Ages?” The correct answer is D “Anesthetics.” Health in the Middle Ages Bleeding, visits to […]

Backstory: The Importance of What Isn’t Told

Backstory: The Importance of What Isn’t Told

When Ernest Hemingway spoke about the dignity of an iceberg being “due to only one-eighth of it being above water,” he was speaking about the importance of the part of the story that isn’t told. Those seven-eighths underwater are the ballast for the tiny bit that juts up to glisten in the sun. And, more […]

Winning Wednesday: Mouse Pad

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Guy Wade. In order to win the prize of the book The Age of Pilgrimage by Jonathan Sumption, he correctly answered the question “What was a jongleur?” A jongleur was a wandering minstrel who sang the compositions of troubadours or recited epic poems in noble households or royal courts. […]

Your Character’s Career: Why It May Be the Most Important Decision in Your Book

Your Character’s Career: Why It May Be the Most Important Decision in Your Book

In the 1998 movie Ever After, the character Prince Henry (played by Dougray Scott) complains that “to be so defined by your position, to only be seen as what you are. You don’t know how insufferable that is!” To which Drew Barrymore’s character responds, “You might be surprised. A gypsy, for example, is rarely painted […]

Winning Wednesday: The Age of Pilgrimage by Jonathan Sumption

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Michael Colwill. In order to win the prize of an autographed poster of Behold the Dawn’s cover, he answered the question “What color was the official uniform of the Knights Templars?” The Knights Templars, the infamous protectors of Jerusalem’s Temple, traditionally wore a white tabard emblazoned with a red […]

Why You Should Stick With a Story

Thinking About Giving Up on Your Story: This Is the #1 Reason You Shouldn’t

There you are, staring at the computer, fighting the very nearly overwhelming urges to alternately smash your forehead against the keyboard, tear your hair out, and, eventually, weep inconsolably. The problem? You’re 30,000 words into your latest novel, and nothing is going right. The dialogue is as flat as week-old roadkill. The characters are either […]

Winning Wednesday: Behold the Dawn Poster

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Brenda Llanas. In order to win the double prize of the Behold the Dawn keychain and Wordplay pen, she answered the multiple choice question “A destrier—a particular kind of horse—was mostly likely to be used by whom?” The correct response was B “A knight.” Horses in the Middle Ages […]