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Will Belford

Will

I'm a writer by profession, and while making a living from corporate writing comes easily to me, it’s pretty dull stuff. I live by the sea in Australia near Sydney and, as I now have three kids (3, 5 and 7), I  no longer have time to play bass in bands as I used to. I love board games too, not the sesquipedalian Monopoly sort, but the type of games pored over on www.boardgamegeek.com, as well as computer-based strategy games.

Inspiration

I love history, especially military history, and historical fiction is my favourite style of book to read.

I was literally inspired to write this book by Mary Renault, in particular her book 'The King Must Die', which turns the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur into a brilliant book. The most inspirational part though, is that Mary Renault wrote it while commuting to Bristol on a train during the Blitz where she was doing 48-hour nursing shifts in a hospital tending to the wounded coming in from Dunkirk.

I wrote most of 'Blood and Blitzkrieg' on a train while commuting to an office job in Sydney. It seemed to me that if Mary Renault could do it during wartime with a pen and paper, I should be able to do it in peacetime with a laptop. As a tribute, there's a scene in the sequel to Blood and Blitzkrieg (currently in progress) where I slip Mary into the story.

Link to his book in store: Blood and Blitzkrieg.

email: will@style.com.au
www.willbelford.com