Author Archives: wbspeirjr

About wbspeirjr

Author of "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors," the 9-book action/adventure series "The Knights of the Saltier," five historical novels ("King's Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," "The Besieged Pharaoh"), the sci fi novel "The Olympium of Bacchus 12," and the fantasy novel "The Kingstone of Airmid." William is also a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea – The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12."

It’s Time To Just Let Old Wounds Heal

Anyone who knows me knows that I love historical fiction. I am a seeker of truth, and I also believe that the heroic deeds of those who have gone before can inspire us to live our lives with higher purpose. … Continue reading

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Social Media – The Double Edged Sword

Social Media provides new and interesting ways for humans to connect with each other. People across the globe can see and respond to what you post. The power of this tool cannot be underestimated. But if you’re a published author, … Continue reading

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My Latest Novel: The Legacy Enslaved

Have you ever noticed that as soon as you say you’ll never do something, you end up doing it anyway? I’m experiencing that right now. In 2015, I signed a deal to publish my Knights of the Saltire 7-book series … Continue reading

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Funerals

Historically, I don’t attend funerals. It’s not because I’m without compassion for those who have suffered a loss; far from it.  But I believe that grief is a very personal thing.  I don’t believe that I should have to be … Continue reading

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My Writing Process – Revisions

So someone asked me what my writing process is – especially as it relates to revisions. Here’s my answer: I start every day of writing by re-reading and revising what I wrote the day before. I have my grammar critiquers … Continue reading

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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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