Monthly Archives: May 2013

Angevin Empire

This map shows the continental domains of Henry the Second, mentioned in The Devil’s Grandson. Advertisements


Conflict The essence of the novel is conflict. Human beings are hard-wired to be attracted to stories with conflict. There are two kinds of conflict: external and internal. External conflict usually takes place between a person and another person or persons, event, or situation. The main character can be a person, animal, force of nature, […]

Why It Was Written

            Historical novels written so far about William Marshal left me wanting more. So, I decided to write one myself. Why not? I was qualified to explore the events in twelfth-century England (and the western part of today’s France) because of a lifetime spent reading scholarly history books and a strong background in the writing […]

Messages & Morals

            I am sometimes asked “what message or moral is conveyed in “The Devil’s Grandson?”               I never sit down to write fiction with the aim of creating a message, moral, or meaning. Let me explain.             I write because something interests me. I love the research part of writing and I also love […]

How to Begin

The “alpha” of fiction-writing is deciding where to begin. This is a decision that presents a roadblock to many writers, especially beginning writers. They begin by worrying over the opening sentence, paragraph, or scene. A writing student can spend hours, days, or weeks trying to make up his or her mind. However, it may take […]

“The Devil’s Grandson”: Excerpt

Newbury-in-Berkshire, England In the year of our Lord’s grace eleven hundred and fifty-two Atop a gentle rise in Berkshire’s green and gentle hills, a digger of graves paused, fixed his gaze eastward toward Newbury Castle outside the town of Hamstead-in-Berkshire. Overhead, the sun burned a white-hot hole through a thin veil of clouds. It was […]

Devil Is Unique

You, the reader, may have noticed that several novels about William Marshal have been published. Is this a bad thing? Not at all. The historical record is very short on details for the Marshal’s life — details such as exact dates. The long poem about Will (“History of William Marshal,” ed. by A.J. Holden, Anglo-Norman […]