Monday, November 11, 2013

Author Interview – James Shipman @jshipman_author

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Do you intend to make writing a career?

I don’t know, I enjoy my career as an attorney, I definitely want writing to be a big part of my life, but I don’t know if I want to quit my day job.

Have you developed a specific writing style?

I don’t know about style, but I hear a lot of feedback that my particular strength as a writer is character development.

How did you come up with the title?

“Constantinopolis” is the Greek name for Constantinopole.

Why did you choose to write this particular book?

I have always been interested in the fall of Constantinople and I always wanted to write this book.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

The hardest part was making sure to build an interesting but also historically accurate book.

In 1453 Constantinople is the impregnable jewel of the East. It has stood as the greatest Christian city for a millennium as hordes have crashed fruitlessly against its walls.

But Mehmet II, the youthful Sultan of the Ottoman Turks, has besieged the city. His opponent is Constantine XI, the wise and capable ruler of the crumbling Eastern Roman Empire. Mehmet, distrusted by his people and hated by his Grand Vizer, must accomplish what all those before him have failed to do: capture Constantinople. To prove that he deserves the throne that his father once took from him, Mehmet, against all advice, storms the city. If he fails, he will not only have failed himself and his people, but he will surely lose his life.

On the other side of the city walls, the emperor Constantine must find a way to stop the greatest army in the medieval world. To finance his defenses, he becomes a beggar to the Pope, the Italian city-states, and the Hungarians. But the price for aid is high: The Pope demands the Greeks reunite the Eastern and Western churches and accept the Latin faith. If Constantine wants aid for his people he must choose between their lives and their souls.

Two leaders, two peoples, two faiths battle for their future before the mighty walls of Constantinople.

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Genre – Historical Fiction

Rating – PG

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