Author Archives: wbspeirjr

About wbspeirjr

Author of "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors," the 7-book "Knights of the Saltier Series," four historical novels ("King's Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King"), the sci fi novel "The Olympium of Bacchus 12," and the fantasy novel "The Kingstone of Airmid."

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

Someone who knows that I have published a non-fiction work asked me why I prefer to write fiction. My answer was simple.  “When I write non-fiction, I’m writing FACT.  When I write fiction, I’m writing TRUTH.”  Fiction gives me the … Continue reading

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2017 Royal Palm Litarary Awards

The results are in! At the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet on October 21, Author William Speir won the following three trophies: 1st Place Published Historical Fiction: “Nicaea – The Rise of the Imperial Church” 2nd Place Published Historical … Continue reading

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The Women I Have Loved

A friend of mine recently asked me “So, just how many women have you loved?” It’s a simple enough question, but time, maturity, and wisdom have led me to realize that the answer is not so simple. The question arose … Continue reading

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King Arthur in Film and Books

By now, you’ve probably seen the previews for the new film: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” From what I’ve seen, it has all the makings of another big-budget Arthurian fantasy film, including demons, magic swords, and of course, shadowy … Continue reading

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New Production Manager Position

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE As of January 1, 2017, I have accepted the position of Production Manager for my publisher, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. Please see the announcement excerpt below. —————————————- Subject: Update and announcement Good morning, As most of you … Continue reading

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The Dead Vote

As Tuesday approaches, many of us in Florida are contemplating a very serious question: how many dead people are going to vote this week? Yes, I said “dead people.” Over the past several decades, Florida has been forced to embrace … Continue reading

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New Addition to “The Knights of the Saltire Series”

As many of you know, the last book in my 7-book Action Adventure series, The Knights of the Saltire, is about to be released. Legacy of the Grand Master is about the daughter of the series’ main characters taking her … Continue reading

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