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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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Michael Jecks Writer's block doesn't affect me. I can't let it. Writing is a job, and you don't go to work and sit complaining you can't work that day. You sit and…moreWriter's block doesn't affect me. I can't let it. Writing is a job, and you don't go to work and sit complaining you can't work that day. You sit and work!(less)
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There is always something happening when you have as many books published as I do. Last week Headline contacted me to let me know about two more little ideas they’ve had.

Michael Jecks Compendium_2.jpgFirst is a brilliant one, I have to admit. They are putting together THE MICHAEL JECKS COMPENDIUM. This is going to be a collection of all of the first chapters of all of my books, in one group. Obviously this isn’t something t...

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

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!

Savannah Michael, thank you for the friendship..

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

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

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