A conversation with Conn Iggulden, author of Stormbird (Wars of the Roses). 1. Your upcoming novel WARS OF THE ROSES: STORMBIRD focuses on the backstabbing and betrayals of the Wars of the Roses. Can you tell us a little about what drew you to this period? I spent a long… Read More »A Conversation with Conn Iggulden
My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine, Health.com., and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.
Morcar was the Earl of Northumbria from 1065-1066. He was the son of Ælfgar (earl of Mercia) and brother of Eadwine (or Edwin), earl of Mercia. He was the grandson of Leofric and Godiva. Morcar rose to power at the appointment of the thegns in York due to the tyrannical rule… Read More »Morcar, Earl of Northumbria
There is no romance at the heart of war. Conn Iggulden captures this sentiment perfectly in his latest novel, Stormbird (Wars of the Roses). The medieval period is often glamorized as a period of chivalry and romance in many films and novels, so I was relieved when Iggulden did not fall into… Read More »Review of Stormbird (Wars of the Roses) by Conn Iggulden
So I’ve recently gotten back on track with querying some agents again this year. I’ve queried just a few in the last several months. All have rejected the proposal, which I’m okay with. I just needed to make myself start the process again, which at times can be daunting. Over… Read More »Querying agents, novel update
For those that are seeking agents, the Writer’s Digest new agency alerts is a good listing of agents seeking to build their client lists. The agents listed often are looking for debut authors. I subscribe to this list, and comb through it from time to time just to see if… Read More »New agency alerts
I’ve recently updated my website and migrated hosts, so I hope to start posting more content again regularly and working on shopping my novel again. The plan is to start submitting to literary agents again over the summer. In the past, these were some literary agencies I had looked at.… Read More »Novel update
The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell Series: Saxon Tales Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014) ISBN-10: 0061969702 Rating on Amazon: 4.5 stars Read my reviews on the other novels in the Saxon Tales: The Last Kingdom (I thought I had reviewed this one, but I must… Read More »The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
Bodiam Castle is a 14th century castle in East Sussex built by Edward Dalyngrigge in 1385. Edward Dalyngrigge was a former knight of Edward III, fighting for the king in the Hundred Years’ War as a member of the Free Companies. He received his license to build Bodiam from King… Read More »Bodiam Castle
Today is officially Leif Erikson Day. Commemorated as a national holiday by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the holiday is an observance of Leif Erikson and his companions as the first known Europeans to set foot in North America. The holiday gives the nation a chance to honor the… Read More »Today in Medieval History: Happy Leif Erikson Day!