It seems like I have been writing blog entries and articles right and left, but with the recent publication of The Lost Book of the Grail, a lot of those pieces have been for other people’s blogs. So, in lieu of a new blog here today, I will direct you to some of the many short pieces that have appeared on other websites and which discuss some of my inspirations, research, etc. for The Lost Book of the Grail.
My first piece for Salon.com went up on their website on Sunday. It’s an article I wrote some time ago and honed for this publication, about a strange experience I had with the Ladies Home Journal and the Holy Grail. If that teaser isn’t enough for you to check out “My Brush with the Holy Grail,” then you’ll probably want to skip to the next article.
Over at Signature Reads, I wrote a piece about the chained library at Hereford Cathedral—the largest surviving chained library in the world. The first scene of The Lost Book of the Grail was inspired by two historical realities—the Nazi bombings of English cities during World War II and the existence of medieval chained libraries. “Welcome to the Largest Surviving Chained Library in the World” will tell you what I found out about the latter during my research.
I always enjoy writing blog entries for Marshal Zeringue who runs two interesting blog sites. At “My Book the Movie,” authors get to imagine their dream cast for a movie of their book. Over at “The Page 69 Test,” we take a look at page 69 and discuss whether it is representative of the book, and if so how. Both of these are great mental exercise, and I never cease to be amazed at what a perfect capsule of my books can be found on page 69.
Thanks for all the support of the book so far. The reviews have been great and I hope you enjoy not just The Lost Book of the Grail, but also these articles that let you peek into some of the research and experiences that led to the book (and also, let me know your dream cast for the movie!)