Wayne Turmel — Scriggler Author Spotlight

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We continue the Scriggler Author Spotlight series with a quick interview with Wayne Turmel — the author of historical fiction novel Acre's Bastard

Wayne Turmel

 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.

5 Sentences about the book
 
 
Acre’s Bastard is an adventure about a young boy, but it’s not YA (of course, the title should have told you that.)
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.

5 Sentences about one of the books’ characters
 
Lucca is an undersized ten-year-old orphan, running the streets of what has been described as “the wickedest city in the world”
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.

Who is your ideal reader?
 
My ideal reader is someone who’s curious about the past, loves adventure movies and has a skeptical mind about anything claiming to be absolute truth.
 
Other authors you admire — especially contemporary. Anyone stands out in particular?
 
I have said before I’m the literary love child of Alexandre Dumas and Hunter S Thompson. There are so many writers I enjoy from the seriously artsy like Mark Helprin and Colson Whitehead to the purely entertaining like Jack Whyte and Arturo Perez Reverte
 
Book promotion — what resources are you using, what events are you attending?
 
I’m a shameless networker. I love book signings and I’ve been a public speaker all my life. I have a presentation called “Putting the Story in History- How writers create great historical fiction.” http://wayneturmel.com/speaking-and-appearances/putting-the-story-in-history-how-writers-create-great-historical-fiction/  I do it at libraries, museums and book groups. It’s also available as a webinar, so if you want me to talk to your group and can’t fly me in…. there’s a way.

Cover design and editing — who did you use and how was the experience?
 
I used Kelly Parry of Four Seasons Promo Marketing www.4seasonspromo.com. She really thinks about the whole book, from cover to after-publishing marketing. She not only did the cover and layout, but helped me think of advertising and social media tricks and gave me graphics to help me do it. I highly recommend her, but only if you’re willing to get honest feedback and hear your ideas suck.
 
Do you have a newsletter, what do you normally include there?

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?)
 
Both my novels are available in ebook and paperback. My first, The Count of the Sahara, was published by someone else, and they did it exclusively on Amazon and Kindle. I am doing the second one myself through Ingram Spark and if I had to do it again I’d do the paperback through them and the ebook through Kindle because of the royalty split and market share. We live and learn….

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 wayne@wayneturmel.com or on Twitter @WTurmel. I’m not hard to find.

Links
 
Wayne's profile on Scriggler:
 
1st chapter of Acre’s Bastard on Scriggler:
 
 
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