Modern film and streaming services have conditioned us to expect nonstop action in our stories, and I’m as addicted to that as anyone. That’s why, when I set out to write my historical novel about the Norse in North America (a fictionalized account of some wayward Greenlanders trying to put down roots in North America), I decided to try to cut a path midway between evoking an authentic Norse saga (the source of our knowledge of the Norse visits here) and a more contemporary tale with enough fast-paced action to keep today’s readers in their seats. The King of Vinland’s Saga (Xlibris, 2020) had to work on both fronts. Nonstop action wasn’t going to be enough.
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