This morning, I learned that God’s Hammer took first place in the AuthorDB cover contest.
How does a writer create believable characters if the characters lived decades ago, centuries ago, or even, millennia ago? One of the methods is through their speech, which manifests itself in dialogue. Here is my five-step recipe for creating believable historical dialogue. Hopefully, it can be useful to you too…
It’s been 12 years since God’s Hammer was first published, and today, under the stewardship of my publisher Creativia, God’s Hammer has finally reached the #1 spot (or bestseller status) on Amazon.com in Historical Fiction.
To be quite candid, God’s Hammer has had a rather strange life that exemplifies both the changing face of publishing and the challenges facing authors today. Read more about its strange life in this post.
That is the central question that Hakon Haraldsson must answer in GOD’S HAMMER. It is not an atypical question for the Dark Ages. There are countless stories of warlords and kings dying in their pursuit of the throne, or dying to protect it. Yet Hakon’s story stuck a chord with me because Hakon was not the typical Viking leader.
A number of people have asked me over the years why I chose Hakon Haraldsson (or “Hakon the Good” as the sagas call him) as the protagonist in the GOD’S HAMMER series (yes – it’ll be a series. I promise). While we don’t know all of the facts of Hakon’s life, we do know that even if marginally true, Hakon’s story takes many of the norms of Viking literature and turns them on their head. In many ways, Hakon is the anti-Viking, yet a memorable hero nonetheless. And that’s precisely what drew me to him.