This week I learned of the passing of Jack Whyte. He was a Scottish Canadian author who authored some of my favourite series. These included one about King Arthur, comprised of nine books, and another dealing with the Templar Knights. Both had a profound effect on how I wanted to write.
I was also struck by a number of similarities between us, though I only discovered them when reading of his accomplishments. We both emigrated to Canada in the same year (1967), and he produced seventeen novels throughout his career (I currently have the same number for sale). Additionally, he was a devotee of the program Scrivener, something I only discovered when researching this article.
Jack Whyte was traditionally published and sold over 1.25 million copies in Canada alone—a phenomenal success by any standard. He died this past Tuesday at the age of eighty.
For more information about Jack Whyte and his books, please visit his official website at:
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Stories.