Monday, December 8, 2014

Interview with Wes Wetzel

Recently we had the opportunity to ask Wes Wetzel, author of 1001 A.D. a few questions.

What motivated you to write this book?
My motivation to write 1001 A.D. grew out of the experience of having lived for a year in Iceland and also a visit to L’Anse aux Meadows.

What drew you to this time period and these characters?
The timeframe came about as that was when Leif Ericson lived, which in turn coincided with the time the Vikings discovered North America. However, there exists, to my knowledge, no evidence that it was Leif Ericson who was in the discovery party.

If you had to choose one thing that is most memorable that you learned researching 1001 A.D.?
The most interesting thing about researching for the book was finding the real names of Leif’s wife and children

What do you hope your readers will take away from this book?
I hope my readers read the book for enjoyment, but most people do not know about the Viking site in Newfoundland.

Do you have plans for any more books in the future?
My second novel is about half finished and is about the American Indian in the year 912 A.D., long before they had horses, sheep, or goats. It will be called Etched in Stone.

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