British author Michael Jecks, acknowledged as the “master of the medieval murder mystery,” will be a guest speaker at Lander University on Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m., to share with students and others his experiences as a fiction writer.
Jecks has published 32 novels, written short stories and novellas for anthologies and, last year, published a modern spy e-book, “Act of Vengeance.”
Jecks said he has always been fascinated by medieval history and, after 13 years working in computer sales, he changed careers and began writing full time. His Knight Templar novels have become one of the longest-running crime series ever.
A past chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, he is also a founder of The Medieval Murderers, a collection of authors who have become one of the top speaking groups in Britain, entertaining audiences with anecdotes about writers, publishing and their specialty, medieval murderous England.
He also holds the distinction of being the first author chosen to have a pen named after him in the Conway Steward Detection Collection of fountain pens designed to celebrate good writing.
When he is not writing, Jecks teaches students how to improve their writing skills, whether they are undergraduates working on essays or doctoral candidates preparing their dissertations.
Connie Edwards, president of the Greenwood Chapter of People to People International, arranged Jecks’ appearance at Lander. Dr. Andrew Jameson, assistant professor of English at Lander, is acting as coordinator of the event.
Edwards said Jecks is visiting Greenwood as a personal favor. “It is rare for a world-renowned author to be so humble and accommodating.”
Jameson teaches creative writing and upper-level fiction writing. He said it is a great opportunity for his students to hear from an author who writes books for a living. Jameson, who also writes fiction, but not novels, said he encourages students to write fiction and poetry, and feels it will benefit them to hear Jecks talk about his experiences.
Jecks’ lecture will be held in Room LC-200 in Lander’s Carnell Learning Center. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.