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EXTRA: Author Interview #2 with Dan Cross: The Art of Historical Fiction



Dan Cross is a writer, amateur historian, business owner, and shortlisted for the 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award for best unpublished work. Dan’s soon to be debut novel, Caesar of Mercenaries, is represented by Bravo Blue literary agency and who is on a quest of her own to find a publisher for Dan.

Dan joins Frank in this Extra Episode to discuss the fine art of historical fiction. Topics covered include their own shared love of history, the challenges and rewards of crafting historical narratives, books holding their own in the “new” media age, and the resurgence of the humanities thanks to podcasts.

The characters, plot, and narrative of Caesar of Mercenaries is still a very closely guarded secret. During the show Frank attempts to pry teasers from Dan on his wonderful work and what future readers can expect.

You can find Dan at www.dan-cross.com  and also on Twitter @dancrossauthor Here is Dan’s Website

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The Ottoman Series Episode 7: Battle of Kosovo and the end of the road for Sultan Murad



While deep in Anatolia fighting the Karamanids Sultan Murad I gets word of a massive Ottoman defeat in Bosnia, the Battle of Belica. The Ottoman defeat causes the Christian kingdoms to unite in a Crusade meant to crush the Turks in Europe and drive them out. Sultan Murad invades Bulgaria then swings west and crosses into Serbia intent on finding and killing Prince Lazar. At the Plain of the Black Birds in Serbia both sides meet for what history would call the Battle of Kosovo. At the zenith of the battle Murad is brought down by an assassins dagger. The stage is thus set for the future Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, or Thunderbolt Sultan.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 2: Sultan Orhan and the Byzantines



Ottoman power grew under Osman in Episode 1, now his son and future Sultan Orhan 1 must take over from his father and challenge the Byzantine Empire. We witness the expansion of the Ottomans as the city of Bursa falls along with Nicaea after the Battle of Pelecanum. Soon the Ottomans will be posed to invade Europe itself… time period covered roughly 1300-1330s.

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