After studying at the University of East Anglia I worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. I’d always wanted to be a writer and continued to write for much of my life but, you know, earning a living got in the way more than I would have wanted.

A strangely serious accident (I claim it was caused by cage-fighting but I actually slipped over) shattered my arm and meant that I had to rein back my work. I decided to concentrate on writing and am now writing full-time. I write a wide range of fiction.  My main interests are historical fiction.

I have a series of novels set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern the history of the last English King; Edgar, a young boy who was proclaimed king just after the Battle of Hastings. The novels are: The Flame of Resistance , Triumph and Catastrophe, Blood of Ironside and In Search of Glory. I plan two more books about Edgar.

I have written a novel about the Third Crusade, called Outcasts, which is about the ordinary men who were knighted in the defence of Jerusalem. The Artful Dodger goes forward in time to the time of Dickens and is about the adventures of the Dodger after he’d been transported to Australia and on his return to his old haunts in London.

A Love Most Dangerous and Very Like a Queen concern the events of a mistress of Henry VIII. A Dance of Pride and Peril goes right back to the dawn of European civilisation in Crete four thousand years ago.

Land of Blood and Water is the first in a series of novels about the long war between the English and the Vikings for control of the country. The second one should come out in 2017.

My collections of short stories, For King and Country, the Big School and Nuggets are also available.

My work has been broadcast on radio.  I won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on ‘The Wind in the Willows.’  You can get the collection, ‘The Wind in the Willows Short Stories’ from all e-book retailers.

I can be contacted here:

Email: martinlake14@gmail.com

Twitter @martinlake14

Facebook: Facebook.com/MartinLakeWriting

My email list: http://eepurl.com/DTnhb

14 Responses to About

  1. So pleased to meet you..and thank you for introducing me to your books..As a history freak I look forward to reading them..ELiza Keating

    • Martin Lake says:

      Hi Eliza,
      I’m thrilled to meet you. You’re the first person to contact me like this. I do hope you like the books. I’m busy working on a novel set in Victorian times now and then must edit my Knights of Jerusalem novel. I’ll check out your blog.
      Best wishes

  2. Hi Martin
    We met on the Firepole Marketing Scavenger Hunt, but I’ve now had time to check you out and we have a lot in common. I too took to writing full time when I had a serious accident (a stroke in my case). I too discovered a little-known piece of history, but I wrote a popular history book for the tourists. A second one will be out soon. I’m buying your books, hope you’ll check out mine http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alina-Oystermouth-Ann-Marie-Thomas/dp/0957198809/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1345887858&sr=8-10. Nice to meet you.
    Best wishes

    • Martin Lake says:

      Nice to meet you here, Ann. Thanks for buying my books, I hope you enjoy them. I’ll look out yours. Hope you made a good recovery from the stroke.

      Best wishes


  3. My stroke recovery is really good thanks. Although I’m still disabled, I’m doing so much!
    I have read and enjoyed both your Lost King books on Kindle. I couldn’t find them on Goodreads, but have reviewed them on Shelfari and Amazon.co.uk. Good luck and let me know when the third book comes out!

    • Martin Lake says:

      Hi Anne-Marie,

      Thank you so much for your kind reviews. I do appreciate them as reviews are so useful for authors, not just for selling more copies but to know what readers think. The books are on Goodreads, hope they’ve not gone walkabout. And thanks so much for putting the reviews on Shelfari. It’s not something I use much.

      So glad to hear that you’re recovering from your stroke. You sound so positive.

      The next part of The Lost King will be available shortly. But in the meanwhile, would you like a complementary copy of my novel ‘Outcasts’ which is set in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. You’ll need to send an email to me at martinlake14@gmail.com and then I’ll send you a coupon.

      Thanks, once again for your support.

  4. Thanks for Outcasts, I’ll review it when I’ve read it. Perhaps you’d like to check out my book Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, available on Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145799

  5. D. James Fortescue says:

    Thank goodness! Something tagged ‘historical fiction’ on WordPress that is not a book review.

    The first years of William the Conqueror, King of England, would have been a very interesting time. I look forward to reading your short fictions =)

  6. Truly look forward to reading your words, Martin. I have a feeling it’s going to be a very good match. I’m besotted with historical fiction – fairly certain I was born into the wrong century. I shall live vicariously through your witty words. Cheers!

  7. Sherry Chen says:

    Very interesting site, Martin! 🙂
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing: http://publishinginsights.org

  8. Thanks for following my blog, Martin. I’ve been following yours for a while now. You might be interested to follow my author blog, rather than my personal one. it’s at http://www.annmariethomas.me.uk/. Keep up the good work!

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