We continue the Scriggler Author Spotlight series with a quick interview with Wayne Turmel — the author of historical fiction novel Acre's Bastard
5 Sentences about you
I’m a former standup comic, car salesman, corporate drone and I write to keep myself sane (ish)
I’m originally from Canada but live in the US near Chicago.
My motto is “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. The rest of us are doomed too, but get to smile smugly and say ‘told you so’ “
I wrote 7 non-fiction books but didn’t think I’d ever be a “real writer” until I wrote a novel.
I was smart enough to get on Jeopardy, but so dumb I came last.
It’s set during the Crusades, just as the Kingdom of Jerusalem is about to fall
My favorite response to the book, even it it’s slightly sad, is “I never thought I cared about the history, but the story swept me up and I didn’t care that I was learning something.”
It’s amazing how much humor there is given the story, but it’s pretty funny
The story takes place in war time, but it’s not a military story so don’t let that scare you away.
He’s half-Frankish (European) and half-Syrian, so he’s literally caught in the middle of this war.
When we meet him, he’s trying to peek into the window of a brothel
His ability to sneak around makes him a great spy, even before he becomes a great spy
I was worried I was putting a ten-year-old character in too much jeopardy but then I saw what’s going on in Syria and realized nothing I do to him could be as bad as real wartime so let him have his adventures.
Why do you think people should read it?
I think sometimes you just want a good adventure story that you haven’t heard a hundred times. You don’t have to be a hard-core military or historical fiction fan to get caught up for a few hours. You can just enjoy it for the adventure, and if you learn something along the way, that’s gravy.
I don’t have a newsletter, but I’m really happy that WayneTurmel.com features independently published Historical Fiction writers from all over the world. I’ve found some great writers and met some good friends.
Print or ebook? (both in general and how do you approach this for your book?)
If anyone is interested in doing a review — how should they approach you?
I’m happy to provide ecopies for honest reviews any time. You can either use the contact page on my website or drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @WTurmel. I’m not hard to find.