Huge congratulations on winning your Chill Award! You must be so happy 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 …
Hullo. I’m a retired teacher who started his first novel at age sixty-seven and am working on my third as I type this.
So, your book has been awarded with a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, what inspired you to write this story?
My first novel centred on an English ealdorman who wound up siding with the Vikings, and the focus of this second novel is a secondary character in the first—who I thought deserved his own stage.
What does the award mean to you?
I’m grateful for any suggestion that what I’ve written is worth reading, and I’m pleased that Chill has been willing to endorse both of my finished stories.
What other titles have you published? Tell us a little about them …
I’ve already alluded to my Eadric and the Wolves, which is a revisionist look at a real historical English figure who has been condemned by historians, and I suspect unfairly.
Are you working on a new book? Tell me about that …
The working title is The Viking Woman of Birka, which is a serious attempt to reconstruct the life of the Norse warrior whose remains were recently confirmed to be those of a Viking WOMAN.
When not writing, what can you be found doing?
I continue to give presentations about the Vikings and the Norse culture to Scandinavian-American groups and at Viking festivals. I also volunteer at a local homeless shelter.
Which three authors have most influenced your journey to becoming an author?
Bernard Cornwell, Robert Low, and James L. Nelson. However, I’ve loved the story-telling of many of the greats: Faulkner, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Chaucer, etc.
Why did you choose the genre you write in?
I’m probably not disciplined enough to write a tight short story, and my poetry didn’t find an audience many years ago.
Which genre would you choose if you had to change?
Please don’t make me change!
If you could have created any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I’m happy with what I’ve created thus far—but I’m eager to see if I can be successful creating a woman. The challenges are obvious.
Quick fire questions …
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook.
Tea or coffee? Tea—green.
Marmite – yes or no? No, but I like marmots.
Early riser or sleep in? Pretty danged early.
PJs or ‘normal’ clothes when writing? All.
Planner or pantster? Planner.
Book or kindle? I prefer reading books, but kindle seems to sell better.
Pineapple on pizza – yes or no? In a parallel universe, maybe—not in this one.
And finally … What’s your favourite book of all time? I have no idea—too many to choose from.
Thank you for joining me today and many congratulations again on your Chill with A Book Award!
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Want to know more about the book? Here’s the blurb …
A Danish warlord long past his fighting days decides that he wants to share his life story with his family and an experienced story teller, hoping that his reputation will live on after his death. The realities of his old age and his vivid memories of his violent past provide the reader with a portrait of an unexpectedly complicated man. He doesn’t match the popular image of the brutal Viking warrior.
The historical Viking generally known as Thorkell the Tall was one of the most important figures involved in Viking raids and invasions of England during the period 990-1016 A.D. David Mullaly provides a narrative that offers a plausible story of Thorkell’s growth from the son of a murdered jarl in the Danish holding of Skane into a brilliant leader of warriors who defies a king, and then becomes a king-maker. Blood feuds were a familiar thing for the Vikings, and Thorkell’s desire for vengeance is almost as strong as his love of personal honor. Although this novel is based on the historical record, like the popular musical Hamilton, it is a unique blend of history and imagination.
The Vikings defined themselves by their actions, and then by how they hoped to be remembered. Thorkell’s life ended a thousand years ago, but this novel provides a memorable experience for both the knowledgeable Viking fan and the general reader. Thorkell would be pleased.
Fans of the fiction of Bernard Cornwell, Robert Low, and James L. Nelson will appreciate this historical novel. Mullaly’s first novel, Eadric and the Wolves, deals with the same period from an English perspective.