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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Author Interview – James Shipman @jshipman_author


What book genre of books do you adore?

I love history, historical novels and also fantasy.

What book should everybody read at least once?

For Those I Loved, by Martin Gray and Max Gallo.  An amazing holocaust story.

Is there any books you really don’t enjoy?

I don’t really enjoy romance novels, although historical romance if written well can be interesting.

What do you hope your obituary will day about you?

He was a good father and he lived his life.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I was born in Astoria, Oregon and grew up north of Seattle in Washington State.  I have also lived in southern California.

How did you develop your writing?

I took a number of creative writing courses at the University of Washington and have been involved in numerous writing groups.  I’m a member of the Pacific Northwest Writing Association.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I definitely get my inspiration from the history I read.


In 1453 Constantinople is the impregnable jewel of the East. It has stood as the greatest Christian city for a millennium as hordes have crashed fruitlessly against its walls.

But Mehmet II, the youthful Sultan of the Ottoman Turks, has besieged the city. His opponent is Constantine XI, the wise and capable ruler of the crumbling Eastern Roman Empire. Mehmet, distrusted by his people and hated by his Grand Vizer, must accomplish what all those before him have failed to do: capture Constantinople. To prove that he deserves the throne that his father once took from him, Mehmet, against all advice, storms the city. If he fails, he will not only have failed himself and his people, but he will surely lose his life.

On the other side of the city walls, the emperor Constantine must find a way to stop the greatest army in the medieval world. To finance his defenses, he becomes a beggar to the Pope, the Italian city-states, and the Hungarians. But the price for aid is high: The Pope demands the Greeks reunite the Eastern and Western churches and accept the Latin faith. If Constantine wants aid for his people he must choose between their lives and their souls.

Two leaders, two peoples, two faiths battle for their future before the mighty walls of Constantinople.

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Genre – Historical Fiction

Rating – PG

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