James Wilde - Writer's Routine #12

'Man of Mercia' James Wilde shares the secrets of writing historical fiction!

In the most polite way possible, James Wilde seems like a man of another time. He lives in a family home in the forest, takes long walks across the fells, and camps in the black, barren night whilst dreaming of ideas. He also reads all them, and he always has. He reads tales of fantasy, tales of fact, and he dreamed of marrying the two in a historical fiction series.

He did just that with his best selling 'Hereward' Series, charting one freedom fighter's quest through the 11th century to claim the throne. James has just started a brand new historical series 'Pendragon', which tackles one of the most famous British legend, King Arthur.

Wilde writes a wide range of fiction under 'Mark Chadbourn', has been a journalist and a screenwriter too, so expect loads of chat about how writing styles different across genres.

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