Today historical fiction author Jeanbill steps In the Spotlight. His novel, Almost a Millennium, was published in January 2015.
Faridah Nassozi of Readers’ Favorite says, “Almost a Millennium by Jeanbill is a deeply compelling historical fiction novel. Although a work of fiction, the story is a depiction of England’s history and the power dynamics at the time. It is a richly detailed story and many times I found myself forgetting that I was reading a work of fiction as the historical events described felt very authentic. The setting of the story and the character development were simply amazing as we dived into Paul and Fred’s compelling background stories. Paul and Fred were two people so different and yet so alike. The pace of the story was set from the beginning and this held true to the very last page.”
In the Spotlight with Jeanbill
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Jeanbill! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. Tell us a bit about your books. Why should we consider reading them? Who is your target audience?
Almost a Millennium is an eclectic novel about the unlikely connection between an English monk and an American physician that lived nearly 1,000 years apart, one of today and one in the medieval period. It begins at their birth, traveling through time to their adulthood.Using cryptography, Paul, a monk at Llanthony Abbey in Wales, writes a four-page document about his life and a harsh critique of the crusades. He places his writings in safekeeping in the hope that it will survive the crusades and eventually land in the hands of someone who can decipher his secrets. When Fred unexpectedly comes across Paul’s book and ciphers Paul’s cryptic message, he has no idea that four pages of millennial history will challenge him to rethink Christianity.
Almost a Millennium is recommended for fans of historical fiction.
Sounds like compelling novel. I do enjoy historical fiction!
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What have been the best things about it and the worst?
I was forced as a president of an organization to write an article every month for a year. At the year’s end I began feeling confident about writing. I gathered and read some magazines and books about the subject. From those early beginnings, I decided to write a book about some ideas that I collected over the years. I wrote it, edited about ten times, had it copyedited, and published. The words flowed quite easily while I was writing, which was the best part. The worst part was choosing the right publisher and having adequate communication between the author and publisher.
Yes, I understand the publishing process can often be the most difficult part of the journey and there are so many options now!
Tell us about your novel, Almost a Millennium. What is it about and why should fans of Second Run Review consider reading it?
The book is divided into three parts with a novel about a physician in the modern era that became an atheist, a historical novel about a man becoming a monk in the medieval era, and medieval history written like history with a humanistic approach, pertaining to incidents occurring at that time. Some reviewers did not like the history portion, but some loved it. So, if you want a pure novel, then I would think twice about wasting one’s time in reading this book.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I enjoyed The Book Thief quite a bit. I’ve seen the movie The Constant Gardner. I didn’t realize it was based on a book!
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
My present obsession is to finish a book about the experiences of our lives together over fifty-seven years of marriage. Another one, regarding the meaning of science and philosophy in today’s world would follow that book.
Sounds like some pretty intriguing projects you are working on.
Any last thoughts you want to pass along?
If you are interested in reading and reviewing Almost a Millennium, contact my publicist Kelsey at Book Publicity Services and she will you send a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I wish you luck on the new projects you are currently working on, Jeanbill. I hope you’ll stop by again and when those books are published to tell us all about them.
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