Welcome to my stop on the Defiant Unto Death blog tour which has been organised by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m very pleased to have David Gilman here as a guest blogger and hope you enjoy your time here.
A LEGEND FORGED IN BATTLE: Thomas Blackstone must face an implacable foe as the 100 Years’ War enters its bloodiest phase.
Ten years ago, the greatest army in Christendom was slaughtered at Crécy when Thomas Blackstone and his fellow archers stood their ground and rained death on the steel-clad might of French chivalry. Blackstone left that squalid field a knight.
Now, Blackstone commands a war band and has carved out a small fiefdom in northern France. But the wounds of war still bleed and a traitor has given the King of France the means to destroy first his family, and then the English knight himself.
As the traitor’s net tightens, so the French King’s army draws in. Blackstone will stand and fight – in pitched battle and in single combat. He will defy his friends, his family and his king. He may yet defy death, but he can’t defy his destiny: BLACKSTONE: MASTER OF WAR.
David Gilman Blog:
Like many authors, I’m often asked where and how I write and for any advice I can pass on to those who would like to share their story with the world. Hopefully their desire burns a hole in their heart. That’s a start.
I can keep my workflow going just about anywhere except on a train. Having been let out of my workplace for a few hours I want to enjoy the passing scenery and sometimes what I see provides the inspiration for another story. But when I’m engaged in creating a novel that requires a lot of research – like the two books so far in the Thomas Blackstone series: Master of War and Defiant unto Death, I need a room with a big table so I can lay out all my typed up notes and the many research books that novels of this kind require. I don’t need a garret, or a blank wall to stare at. I prefer as much natural light as possible and if there’s a view out of the window I will gladly enjoy it in those moments of uncertainty when I simply cannot get the words to fall in the correct order.
These occasional distractions are welcome as they can free the mind, a kind of mental Pilates as you watch the sheep safely graze, or the bustle of people in the street outside. Cloud watching is of enormous benefit – better in many respects than staying locked inside my head.
What I’m getting at is that there is no one rule that fits all. I don’t like music playing in the background and I would prefer not to have angle-grinding from the building next door. Other than that my concentration on the page is absolute, because I block out extraneous sound. (I’m forgetting the street busker outside my office whose voice is so grating and lacking in melody that it beats the angle-grinder hands down).
There are those who feel they have a novel in them and are convinced that if they buy the correct computer, use a certain type of software and have the lifestyle of Graham Greene or Somerset Maugham on a tropical island, they would turn out a masterpiece – or at least a bestseller.
It’s not difficult to create all these imaginary obstacles before attempting to write. There’s a very simple rule for me: just do it. Something. Anything. A phrase, a word, a thought. And then keep going.
I usually jot down notes and impressions on a legal pad before I begin. I have no notion where the book is going or how it will end – but the concept is there, as is the main protagonist. I would urge any aspiring writer to get on with it and not get bogged down in self-doubt. Then the thrill of the journey begins.
About David Gilman:
David Gilman was raised in Liverpool and educated in Wales. By the time he was 16 he was driving a battered 1946 Ford, ferrying construction workers in the African bush. A variety of jobs followed in different countries: fire and rescue, forestry work, JCB driver, window dresser and professional photographer in an advertising agency. He served in the Parachute Regiment’s Reconnaissance Platoon and then worked in publishing.
In 1986 he turned to full-time writing. He has written many radio and television scripts including several years of ‘A Touch of Frost’. In 2007 his ‘Danger Zone’ trilogy for YA was sold in 15 countries. The first in the series – The Devil’s Breath was long listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won the French Prix Polar Jeunesse. He also writes for younger children. MONKEY and ME has been nominated for this year’s Carnegie Medal. ‘MASTER of WAR’ is the first in a series of HF for adults that follows the fortunes of Thomas Blackstone during the 100 Years’ War.
Title: Defiant Unto Death
Series: Master of War
Author: David Gilman
Genre: Historical Fiction, War Fiction, Military Fiction
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 10 September 2015
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover
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