August 28, 2014

By far the most common question you get asked as an author is “where do your ideas come from.” Of course, my ideas come from the same places as your do: the crazy parts of your brain intersecting with the crazy parts of the world around you. Human brains are hard-wired to find patterns even…

February 17, 2014

I often get asked where I got the ideas for The Greatcoats–the swordfighting travelling judges at the heart of Traitor’s Blade and Knight’s Shadow. Here’s where a few of the ideas came from. Itinerant Judges During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, England saw the rise of itinerant judges – travelling magistrates who would go through counties…