New Interview on TCTV – Public Television (Youth Programming)

Thanks to TCTV for hosting me on their public affairs programming. Appreciate the good questions from the youth who interviewed me!   Please like &...

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New Interview on WMKT News Radio

New radio interview on WMKT Michigan Radio with Vic McCarty. Seahawks, Patriots and the Middle Ages!   http://wmktthetalkstation.com/media/podcasts/vic/01-27-15%20%20ned%20hayes%20sinful%20folk.mp3     Please like &...

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BookList Review

Good news on the book front… novel SINFUL FOLK reviewed in 100-year-old BOOKLIST — the magazine the New York Times calls “an acquisitions bible for public and school librarians nationwide.” From Booklist   *Starred Review*   “In December of 1377, five children are burned in a suspicious house fire. Awash in paranoia and prejudice, the fathers suspect it is the work of Jews and set out to seek justice from the king, loading the charred bodies of their boys onto a cart. Unbeknownst to them, among them is a woman, Mear, who has been hiding out in the town for the past 10 years posing as a mute man. It is a treacherous journey, for their rations are spare and the weather is brutal. And always, they are haunted by the question,...

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HNR Review: “Riveting, poetic story… a rich medieval tapestry”

Great Review of Sinful Folk from the Historical Novel Reviews . Print edition #68 HNR (Historical Novel Society) “Riveting, poetic story . . .  a rich medieval tapestry . . .  medieval fans will like this.” England, 1377. Mear has been disguising herself as a man for almost ten years, raising her son and helping out at the smithy. Then her child and four other boys are killed in a mysterious fire. Mear sets out with other men from their remote village to take the five boys’ corpses to London to seek the king’s justice. Their trek is filled with hardships and revelations as Mear’s life-threatening secrets are unveiled and she finds bittersweet redemption at the end of the journey. This riveting, poetic story puts Mear and her companions through a...

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Nikki McClure and Sinful Folk

New York Times best-selling illustrator and author Nikki McClure and I know each other through our children’s school and our mutual interest in locally sourced art and supporting local artists. Nikki’s son and my children both attended the Lincoln Options Elementary School, and we are both very involved in the local arts community in the South Sound area in the Pacific Northwest. We first met at a Solstice Celebration that featured local children in an impromptu theatrical celebration of the season.   Nikki created the cover of Sinful Folk as one of her signature papercut pieces, but went in a new direction for the internal illustrations, which were created with charcoal. After reading the book in 2012, Nikki created her own graphical interpretation of SINFUL...

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