After thirteen years selling computers, Michael Jecks took a career change and started writing novels in 1994. Now he is the author of the longest running crime series by a living author with 32 titles in his Templar Series.
Michael founded Medieval Murderers and Bloody Brits as performance groups of professional writers. He was the Chairman of the UK's Crime Writers' Association and has been recognised with membership of the Detection Club. He organised the CWA's Debut Dagger competition for three years, and has judged many awards including the CWA/Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and International Thriller Writers' prizes. He is a founder of the Historical Writers' Association, and remains on the Committee.
Industry Expertise (8)
Writing and Editing
Leisure / Recreation
Areas of Expertise (5)
Writing Crime Stories in Today's Market
Writing Series Novels
The Knights Templar and Medieval England
History of Computing
Effects of Drug Prohibition
- International Thriller Writers
- Society of Authors
- Medieval Murderers
- Devon & Cornwall Record Society
- Devon & Exeter Institution
- South West Writers' Group
- Historical Writers' Association
Sample Talks (6)
The Life of a Modern Writer
Runs through my career to date, from aspiring Actuary to successful international author of long-running crime series.
Presentation of CWA Dagger Awards
MC of the 2003 CWA Dagger Awards for the best crime writing of the year to an audience of 250 professionals in publishing and writing.
The Persecution of the Templars
A talk about the last years of the Knights Templar, through the loss of Acre in 1291 to the courts of Paris where they were tortured, up to their destruction.
The End of King Edward II
The story of the last six years of King Edward's reign, from despotic ruler whose wishes could not be denied, to the broken man supposedly murdered in Berkley Castle - and his surprise future life.
Cartier DIamond Awards
Hosted the evening for Ian Rankin's presentation of the CWA/Cartier Diamond Dagger
Impact of epublishing on the publishing industry
A cynical look at the effects of Kindle, Kobo and the iPad on modern publishing.
- Author Appearance