James L. Nelson
James L. Nelson was born in raised in the State of Maine in the United States, save for one happy year, at the age of twelve, when he lived in Sidcup, Kent, and attended the Sidcup Secondary School for Boys. After high school he went to a University (not University, like people in England do, but rather a University), the University of California, Los Angeles, known more commonly as UCLA. He graduated with a degree in motion picture production with the plan to become a great movie director and instead ran away to sea two years later. During his sailing career Nelson seemed to have shipped aboard a number of replicas of English vessels. His first ship was a replica of Drake's Golden Hinde (now docked in the Thames) and officered by British officers (for the captain it was his first time to the US - like many Englishmen he could not stand peanut butter but did think microwave popcorn was America's greatest contribution to the world. He may have been right. He also introduced the American crew to marmite which makes peanut butter seem like ambrosia. But we digress). Nelson also crewed on a replica of the British frigate Rose, which played H.M.S. Suprise in the movie Master and Commander, and other vessels. In 1992 Nelson swallowed the anchor and took up writing. He has since authored nineteen works of fiction and nonfiction, nearly all with a maritime focus. His latest works, The Norsemen Sagas, concern the adventures of the viking Thorgim Nightwolf and his band in mid-9th Century Ireland. There is more about James L. Nelson at his web site, www.jameslnelson.com. He blogs (not as often as he should) at http://jameslnelson.blogspot.com/ He can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more Read less
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