Huge congratulations on winning your Chill Award! You must be so happy that your work has been recognised in this way. Now, before we carry on, would you please introduce yourself to my readers, just in case they don’t know you already …
I am David Mullaly – a sixty-eight year old first time novelist.
So, your book has been awarded with a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, what inspired you to write this story?
Fairly aimless reading about the late Viking Age led me to a character, and logic suggested that what early historians had written about him seemed vindictive and implausible.
What does the award mean to you?
It’s my first award for writing, which makes it special. And if it validates my novel so that more people will read it, I will be grateful for that.
Are you working on a new book? Tell me about that …
I’ve begun writing a novel about Thorkell the Tall, a famous historic Viking warlord, who is a secondary character in my first novel. I think he deserves his own story.
When not writing, what can you be found doing?
Travelling with my wife, doing yard work and gardening, and learning about and collecting Viking artifacts.
Which three authors have most influenced your journey to becoming an author?
Although indirectly I’m a product of the great literature I’ve read over the years, I’ve been directly inspired by Bernard Cornwell, Robert Low, and James L. Nelson, three very different tellers of stories about Vikings.
Why did you choose the genre you write in?
You need to write about something that you know, and I think I know something about Viking history and culture.
Which other genre would you chose if you had to change?
Lyric poetry–the compression of meaning into few words provides a great challenge.
Quick fire questions …
Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook–I’d hate counting characters
Tea or coffee?
Marmite – yes or no?
Clueless about it, so no
Early riser or sleep in?
Early, early, early
Pj’s or ‘normal’ clothes when writing?
Planner or pantster?
A bit of both
Book or kindle?
I’m an old-school book person, but reading is reading
Pineapple on pizza – yes or no?
And finally, … What is your favourite book of all time?
Almost impossible to say, but one of my favourites is Ford Maddox Ford’s The Good Soldier
Thank you for joining me today and many congratulations again on your Chill with A Book Award!
Here’s the blurb …
With Eadric and the Wolves, David Mullaly puts his considerable knowledge of all aspects of Viking-age England to good use, crafting a story that is both historically accurate and thoroughly engaging.—James L. Nelson, author of the Norsemen Saga
Eadric of Mercia becomes one of the most charismatic and powerful men in England, sharing a life with a Danish beauty while married to an English princess. However, haunted by the public murders of people close to him, he will be forced to choose between his eminent status and loyalty to his own Anglo-Saxon people, and his desire for justice–and revenge.
The infamous St. Brice’s Day massacre in 1002 A.D. becomes a provocation for increased attacks on England and two invasions, but it is also a catalyst for decisions that Eadric will make years later. His revulsion at the genocidal impulses of the most powerful people in the land will lead him to what English historians have called the greatest betrayal of the eleventh century.
Seen as a villain by many during his lifetime and after, he is surrounded by people who casually employ treachery, and institutions that consistently act in bad faith. In this thoroughly researched novel, David Mullaly tells a story that challenges the traditional narrative about Eadric.
Appearances can be profoundly deceiving. Loyalty in the defence of evil is no virtue, and what may look like betrayal could be the only good option for a brave leader.
Sounds good right? You can get your copy over at Amazon UK
About the author …
David Mullaly is passionate about Viking culture, history, and archaeology. He received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in English from Penn State University and did doctoral work in English at Northwestern University. Mullaly spent thirty years teaching high-school English and also taught part time at Northwestern.
Mullaly bought and sold Viking artifacts for over a dozen years and understands how their culture was reflected in their crafts. He has also worked with Norsemen Saga author James L. Nelson, and has published short essays about Viking artifacts on Academia.edu.