A week or so ago, I dropped some hints that this blog would be invaded by pirates on July 6th. The invasion is getting closer, so it's time to reveal the identity of the suspect.
Helen Hollick is a British writer who, like me, writes about two different historical periods. I first encountered her as the author of several wonderful medieval novels set in the time of the Anglo-Saxons and the Norman invasion of England. Now her titles include a pirate series -- books that still have a strong historical basis but provide rollicking adventure and just a hint of fantasy.
Helen was born in North East London, England, and started writing pony stories as a young teenager. She moved onto science fiction and fantasy and then discovered the delight of writing historical fiction. Published in the UK and the US with her books about King Arthur and the 1066 Battle of Hastings, Helen also writes a series of historical adventure seafaring books inspired by her love of the Golden Age of Piracy. Helen still lives on the outskirts of London with her husband, Ron, adult daughter Kathy and a variety of pets, including a dog, a cat, and three horses.
To celebrate the re-issue of her books by a new publisher, she will be doing a blog tour in July. She'll be here on July 6th to do a guest interview with me. We'll be discussing her recent decision to enter the world of self-publishing after a career spent with traditional publishing houses.
To introduce you to Helen's favorite pirate, here is the book trailer for The Sea Witch Trilogy:
For the next couple of weeks, I'll be introducing you to each book in the trilogy. I'll also have an announcement about a give-away connected to her July 6th visit. Stay tuned.
If you'd like to learn more about Helen Hollick, here are the links to several of her blogs: