Broken Pieces

Author Interview – James Shipman @jshipman_author

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What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet?
I hope to be a good father, a good person, and to truly live my life one day at a time.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I think it’s great, and it appears that the new model will be that most “discovered” authors will first make it through self-publishing and self-marketing.
How important are friends in your life?
Friends are very important, although for me, most of my friends are at work, or are close family.
How many friends does a person need?
One is enough if you have the right one, quality is far more important than quantity.
What social issues interest you the most?
Poverty and hunger.
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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