What readers are saying about this book
Nation Building at its Finest Ed has done his homework. It’s hard to get a book like this right. He’s done a great job of it and added some action to liven things up. I’m sure I’ll borrow some of his ideas in a future book.
I like it Full on captivating story hooked me in from the beginning kinda a mix of ring of fire by Eric flint and the Camille chronicles by jack whyte
Really, really good! I really enjoyed this book. I mean, who doesn't enjoy time travel books. This had a twist more along the lines of reincarnation. A ninety year something old retired soldier ends up in the body of a 25 year old Baron back to AD 750 or so.
Another Good One From the author who gave us the 16 volumn Richard Jackson Saga, we have the first book of a new series. This one is set in 717 A D Cornwall and has a young Baron with the memories of a three-star general with a number of PhD's who was head of US Army Corps of Engineers. How he uses modern scientific know how to improve the lives of his subjects is fascinating.
Highly enjoyable Highly enjoyable. MC is no nonsense and made smart decisions, a rare enough occurrence in recent books that it is noteworthy. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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Other Books by Ed Nelson
- Richard Jackson Saga
- Cast in Time
Frequently Asked Questions for Ed Nelson
What inspired you to become a writer, and what drives you to continue writing today?
I had a contracted project finished and had time before the next one started. I had been thinking about a story for several years so decided to give it a try. It worked. I'm retired now so it is a nice hobby and the extra income is nice.
Can you tell us about your writing process? Do you have any specific rituals or habits that help you get into the writing zone?
I started out as a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, no plot, no ending just writing. That works on a single novel but not a series. So now I try to plot, only gross outlines. When I get hung up on where to go next the pantser takes over.
Your latest book, Cast in Time, has been receiving excellent reviews. What was the most challenging part of writing it, and what do you hope readers will take away from it?
Plotting! Don't have telephones before you have electricity under control. Well maybe two tin cans and a string.
How do you approach character development? Are your characters based on real people, fictional archetypes, or entirely original creations?
I'm the hero of course. Eveyone else is an archetype. As a hero I'm also a archetype. That makes me a pretty shallow person! Maybe I'm not a hero after all.
What do you believe is the most critical element of a compelling story, and how do you ensure you deliver it in your writing?
Involving the reader deeper and deeper into the story until the most outrageous acts are believable.
Writing can be a solitary endeavor. How do you handle writer's block or self-doubt, and what advice would you give to aspiring writers facing similar challenges?
Walk away until the guilt piles up and start writing again.
Many of your readers admire your distinct writing style. How did you develop your voice, and how important do you think it is for writers to find their unique voice?
My voice is exactly that. When I type out the words I'm speaking them in my head as though I was telling the story our loud around a campfire. It is how I speak.
Beyond the pages of your books, what other forms of storytelling inspire you? Are there any particular authors, films, or artistic mediums that have influenced your writing?
I'm a voracious reader so many books have influenced me. I can't point to any specific one, but I know that I have picked up elements of storytelling.