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Wayne Turmel

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Wayne Turmel lives and writes in Las Vegas. Originally from Canada, he came to Los Angeles to become a famous comedian. You can see how well that went.

He's a well known speaker and author and the founder of the Remote Leadership Institute, writing 8 non-fiction titles including "The Long-Distance Leader-Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership."

He's also the author of three novels, "The Count of the Sahara," "Acre's Bastard," and its new sequel, "Acre's Orphans."

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Wayne Turmel Great question. I think that historical fiction needs to be true enough to the facts that your credibility is intact, while maintaining plot, tension…moreGreat question. I think that historical fiction needs to be true enough to the facts that your credibility is intact, while maintaining plot, tension and character that make novels appealing. The more well-documented the history, the more you need to "stay between the lines." In Count of the Sahara, the events of the expedition were well documented, and the events of Byron De Prorok's life were public--there was only so much room to maneuver events. With Acre's Bastard, as long as Acre was a port and the Crusaders lost at Hattin, I had plenty of room to make things up.

There's also the issue of "knowing what we know now." When I was creating Lucca, I came across the now-famous photo of the little Syrian boy in the back of the ambulance. That became my touchstone... how children have always suffered...and continue to suffer for religious and political wars.

I don't believe in slavish devotion to facts to the point where it kills a story, but lapses in logic or events will disappoint and even anger your readers. Hope that makes sense.(less)
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Wayne Turmel HI Harold. That actually sounds really interesting. drop me an email to wayne@wayneturmel.com and I'll get you the questions and the details. Sorry for not responding, but you did the right thing.
It's amazing how many people want me to feature them but won't put in any effort to reach out. Not that I expect people to jump through hoops, but still........

As a Canadian living in the US, one of my favorite things after a couple of beers to tell the story of the American Revolution from the other side, just to watch people's heads explode lol.

Looking forward to being in touch. Have a great day.


Harold Titus Wayne, I posted the following message on your group thread several weeks ago and pass it along here. I'd be pleased to be interviewed if you wish to do so. Thanks. -- I am the author of a historical novel about the beginning of the American Revolution and am currently writing a novel about the Algonquian natives at and near Roanoke Island first encountered by the English in 1584. Information about both is on my blog site: http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com.


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