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Michael Jecks

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Michael Jecks is a best-selling writer of historical novels. The son of an Actuary, and the youngest of four brothers, he worked in the computer industry before becoming a novelist full time in 1994

He is the author of the internationally popular Templar series, perhaps the longest crime series written by a living author. Unusually, the series looks again at actual events and murders committed about the early fourteenth century, a fabulous time of treachery, civil war, deceit and corruption. Famine, war and disease led to widespread despair, and yet the people showed themselves to be resilient. The series is available as ebooks and all paper formats from Harper Collins, Headline and Simon and Schuster

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This week I’m embarking on a new novel, and I’m going back to my roots. Yes, it’s a crime novel.


I’ve had a few people ask me how I actually get started with a book. The simple answer is, I don’t know. The ideas begin when I have a basic concept occur to. Sometimes that can come from getting a contract and having to flesh out a sketch of a story, and then fresh themes percolate through my mind o...

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Sheri Poe-Pape Welcome Michael! Please spread the word also about my Award-winning Book "Cassie's Marvelous Music Lessons" and the upcoming early chapter book. For boy or girl, ages 3-8,

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Sheri

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Michael Jecks Stephanie wrote: ""They two
Bent like marsh grass under the prow
Of a canoe that glides through fog of daybreak"
Hello! Stephanie"


Good to meet you here.


Stephanie Foster "They two
Bent like marsh grass under the prow
Of a canoe that glides through fog of daybreak"
Hello! Stephanie


message 7: by Beth

Beth Hi Michael,
Thanks for befriending this fellow crime writer on Goodreads!


Lucinda Dear Micheal,
I would like to not only thank you for being my friend on Goodreads but for also sending me the lovely message and taking the time to read my review of King's Gold; i am so pleased that i can be added to your list of many great & positive reviews. I am also going to shortly delve back into the series and read some of your earlier works, as soon as i possibly can.
Lucinda xxx


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Michael Jecks Melisende wrote: "Visited my local library yesterday to restart the journey of your books - not one left!!! In all three branches!!!"

Hopefully they're being read, not sold off!


Melisende d'Outremer Visited my local library yesterday to restart the journey of your books - not one left!!! In all three branches!!!


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