Mike Hartner, guest blogger, is a friend and fellow author. Hartner guest blogged last week, and so I wanted to share an introduction written by Mike. I hope you enjoy this blog and check out Mike’s blog.
My name is Mike Hartner, and I am the author of The Eternity Series.
History, it is said, is written by the victors. So, the Norman invasion of England lists a victory for William the Conqueror, just as WWI lists a victory for the Allies and names some of their greatest leaders like Pershing, Lawrence of Arabia, Ataturk, Lord Kitchener, David Lloyd George, Georges Clemenceau, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill and Tsar Nicholas II.
But, what do we really know about the life of German soldier: Otto Miesterkopf? And if we don’t know about him, did he really live? Or is it just that we don’t know what his life was like, since nobody had the foresight to record it? Otto, like many other men and women in various countries around the world, had to have a life of some sort. His name was in a census somewhere. But, if his father was a blacksmith or a mead maker, or even an inn-keeper, history doesn’t find any relevance to record their life.
In the late 1300s, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales.
This series of 24 tales, while iincomplete, is still considered Chaucer’s opus. It is presented as part of a story-telling contest as pilgrims traveled from London to Canterbury in order to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. These tales are considered a satirical look at the society’s norms of the day. But, he’s also drawn stories of the common man: The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, the knight errant, then innkeeper, and even the mead maker.
The Eternity Series takes Chaucer’s lesson and gives biographies of men and women in the years stretching from the Birth of Walter Crofter (1588, I, Walter) to present and beyond. The Eternity Series doesn’t limit itself to England either. It is said that by the end of the tales, the series will deal with countries around the world.
Book One, I, Walter is the story of a businessman-sailor.
Book Two I, James is a merchant-banker. Book Three I, Mary is the story of a sea Captain, a mother and wife. Book Four, (to be released in Jun 2016) I, Angus is the story of a lay-priest.
The books are fashioned after people who aren’t in your typical history books. The most common question I receive is “Are these people real?” If you mean do I have records of genealogy, and census and the like, no! If you mean, did they live in their times? I would think so, but there’s no physical evidence. History’s victors have overlooked these people. On the other hand, they’re very real to me.
The titles are fashioned after the opening line of a last will and testament “I, (state your name)…” If you read the books, you’ll find the person who produces the eulogy for that book is the star of the next book. So James eulogizing I, Walter meant that I, James would be book two.
And it’s called The Eternity Series since the series started in 1588, and won’t finish until present day. That leaves a lot of time and territory to cover, and a lot of books to write.
For a picaresque view of history, and the lives of some interesting people, come join The Eternity Series.