Goodreads asked M.J. Porter:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

M.J. Porter The Earls of Mercia series stems from research I've done for MA in History. I read a book on the earls, and then did quite a bit more research. Then I read a book on the Godwins (Harold, the King killed at Hastings was a Godwin) and felt that the balance of power needed readdressing, and so, the Earls of Mercia was born. So far I've covered the years 996-1013. I plan on going up to 1071!
M.J. Porter

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