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James Emerson Loyd
James Emerson Loyd is a recovering architect and retired real estate executive, hardly apprenticeships to becoming an author of historical fiction. But, after reading and re-reading his twentieth century histories and some Clancy and Crichton and Alan Furst, he decided one day to write his first novel. As an amateur historian of the first half of that century, he had long been fascinated by the First World War and how Germany’s collapse in 1918 led to Europe’s descent into totalitarianism. So, with a rough idea of a subject – how that collapse could have been prevented – he sat down at the keyboard and began writing. Before long he found himself simply taking dictation from his characters as they grew into the storyline, and three volumes and thirteen hundred pages later, he was done with his saga, The Great War Won. For someone who had never written any fiction, serious or otherwise (his college entrance essays aside), he must have done something right: The Historical Novel Society named his trilogy an Editors' Choice and more, one of the best Indie novels of 2016. He recognized the small niche market for WWI historical fiction and went the Indie publishing route early on (CreateSpace and Kindle), creating his own imprint, Dreadnought Press. Despite earning a Harvard MBA with Distinction, he still has much to learn about book marketing, freely admitted. A San Antonio native, he spent twenty-five years away from home then returned after marrying his high school sweetheart. They live with their three dogs (one French pointer, one Maltese rescue and one German schnauzer) in their old neighborhood.