Like most novelists, I write the kind of books I enjoy reading – in my case, stories that make history come alive. I combine well-known historical people, fictional characters, an intense plot, and vivid sensory descriptions to insert readers into a different time and place and make them feel at home there. People display the same faults and virtues no matter what part of the earth and which century they inhabit. Their customs, lifestyles, clothing, and languages may be different from ours, but they act the same way we do, for better or worse. My hope is that my readers are as entertained by these similarities and diversities as I am.
My other goal in writing is to keep a story moving so quickly that it distracts readers from their everyday worries. The highest praise I ever received about one of my novels was a complaint that the person stayed up all night, unable to put the book down.
My favorite authors in the historical fiction genre are Martin Cruz Smith, Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett, Robert Harris, Nelson DeMille, Stephen Hunter, and David Morrell. However, I also love crime fiction by T Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Greg Iles, and Dennis Lehane.