#AuthorSpotlight · #ChillWithABookAwardWinner

#ChillWithABook Award winner Eric Schumacher joins me to talk all things #bookish today! @DarkAgeScribe @ChillWithABook

Today I welcome Eric Schumacher to the blog. Eric recently won a Chill With A Book Award for his novel, God’s Hammer and he joins me today to talk abut it.

Huge congratulations on winning your Chill Award, Eric! 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 …

Thank you! I am ecstatic!

My name is Eric Schumacher. I am an author of historical fiction novels based in the Viking Age. I might expand that to other periods in time, but my first three novels – collectively known as Hakon’s Saga – take place in 10th Century England and Norway, during the time of the Vikings. The three books focus on the life of Hakon Haraldsson, also known as Hakon the Good, and are entitled God’s Hammer, Raven’s Feast and War King (which is releasing October 15, 2018).

So, your book has been awarded with a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, what inspired you to write this story?

Vikings and the Viking Age as a period in history have always fascinated me. Hakon’s story, in particular, drew me in for several reasons. First, Hakon is the youngest (and bastard) child of one of Norway’s most well-known kings, Harald Fairhair. Harald ships Hakon off to the Wessex court in England as a child, where he is raised as a Christian. He then returns to Norway as a teenager to take on his vicious brother, Erik Bloodaxe, for the throne of Norway.

In many ways, Hakon’s story felt like the typical Viking story told in reverse. We often read of Vikings going off to raid other lands, but we seldom hear of the strife in their own country. Hakon’s story is the story of a young Viking who returns to his own country to fight for the throne. What’s more, his story is a microcosm of the Christian-Viking struggles happening across Western Europe at the time, only in this instance, Hakon is the Christian fighting his “pagan” brother. And finally, Hakon is, for all intents and purposes, a boy. I was fascinated with how a boy, and a Christian boy at that, could return home, win the favour of his pagan countrymen, and eventually become as successful as he was.

What does the award mean to you?

It’s a tremendous honour to win this award. To be recognized by passionate readers as a talented storyteller – something that I love to do — means the world to me!  

What other titles have you published? Tell us a little about them …

I have also published the sequel to God’s Hammer, which is called Raven’s Feast. It also tells the story of Hakon the Good, but a little later in his life.

Are you working on a new book? Tell me about that …

Yes, War King is the name of my new book. It is the third book in Hakon’s Saga and is coming out on October 15, 2018. The eBook version is currently available in pre-order for 50% off.  The novel looks at Hakon’s life and struggles later in his life, and like the others, is full of action and a bit of love too.

When not writing, what can you be found doing?

I run my own public relations agency, so that is what I am doing most weekdays. I also have a wife and two kids, so can I often be found with them. In terms of hobbies, I love sports, especially college football (American football), skiing and going to the beach, as well as reading and traveling.

Which three authors have most influenced your journey to becoming an author?

Tolkien, Wilber Smith, and Bernard Cornwell.

Why did you choose the genre you write in?

It is the perfect combination of two of my passions: writing and history.

Which other genre would you chose if you had to change?

Either modern fiction or adventure.

Quick fire questions …

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter

Tea or coffee?

Coffee – dark

Marmite – yes or no?

No

Marvel or DC?

Marvel

Early riser or sleep in?

Sleep in.

Pj’s or ‘normal’ clothes when writing?

Normal

Planner or pantster?

Planner

Book or kindle?

Kindle

Pineapple on pizza – yes or no?

Yes

And finally, … What is your favourite book of all time?

Oh, gack. That’s hard. If I have to choose one, I’d say The Kite Runner.

Thank you for joining me today and many congratulations again on your Chill with A Book Award!

If Eric’s work sounds like your kind of thing, keep up to date with all his news on the following social media sites:

Website – http://www.ericschumacher.net

Twitter – @DarkAgeScribe

Facebook – www.facebook.com/EricSchumacherAuthor

Amazon Author Page

Here’s the blurb for God’s Hammer … 

God's Hammer (Hakon's Saga Book 1) by [Schumacher, Eric]

History and legend combine in the gripping tale of Hakon Haraldsson, a Christian boy who once fought for the High Seat of a Viking realm.

It is 935 A.D. and the North is in turmoil. King Harald Fairhair has died, leaving the High Seat of the realm to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe. To solidify his claim, Erik ruthlessly disposes of all claimants to his throne, save one: his youngest brother Hakon.

Erik’s surviving enemies send a ship to Wessex, where the Christian King Athelstan is raising Hakon. Unable to avoid his fate, he returns to the Viking North to face his brother and claim his birthright, only to discover that victory will demand sacrifices beyond his wildest nightmares.

I was swept up in the action and enthralled by the descriptions of Hakon’s struggle. -Roundtable Reviews-
I highly recommend this historical fiction novel, both for its entertaining story and historical information. -Historical Fiction Review-

And here are the buying links for the whole series:

God’s Hammer: http://mybook.to/GodsHammer

Raven’s Feast: http://mybook.to/RavensFeast

War King (currently in pre-order): http://mybook.to/WarKing

About the author …

Eric Schumacher

I grew up in modern Los Angeles but I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Dark Age Europe. It is a love affair that began as a child, and has persisted through my almost forty years of studying, researching and writing about the subject.
While I’ve written a number of articles about technology and travel, God’s Hammer is my first novel. The novel tells the true story of King Hakon Haraldsson’s bitter fight against his ruthless brother Erik for the Norwegian throne.
I now live in Santa Barbara, a small beach town about 100 miles north of Los Angeles with his family, and split time between writing and managing my own communications agency, Neology.

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