Radio Interview: Indiana Jones Myth or Reality talks Byron and why Archaeologists Need Presentation Skills

Had a great time doing this one-hour radio interview with Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein on November 18. We discussed Byron de Prorok, why presentation skills matter to scientists, and why I could never…. ever…. be a real archaeologist. It was a wide-ranging interview, and a lot of fun. Take a listen:

The Logan Museum Honors Pond and De Prorok

What a blast we had on November 9. The Logan Museum at Beloit College invited me to speak to the Three Rivers Archaeological Society  about Byron de Prorok. This was part of their exhibit for the 90th Anniversary of the Franco-Saharan Expedition: Blue Veils, Black Mountains: Alonzo Pond’s 1925 Expedition to Southern Algeria. First, I […]

Press Release for November 9 Presentation at the Logan Museum

I am well and truly stoked to be speaking at the Logan Museum/ Beloit College on Monday, November 9. Below is a copy of the press release for the event. For Immediate Release Novelist Wayne Turmel to discuss “Count” Byron de Prorok on Nov. 9 The dubious character accompanied Logan Museum explorers on a famous […]

The Count of the Sahara: Now Available in Paperback

At long last, The Count of the Sahara is available in paperback and Kindle. Not only can you order the book, but people actually seem to be enjoying it. Good historical fiction leaves you entertained while you learn something. Excellent historical fiction leaves you wanting to know more about the history and wondering where the […]

Finding the Right Voice for Historical Characters

When I was writing The Count of the Sahara, the hard part was taking facts that were well known, but making the characters more than just a regurgitation of what was already known and their own writing. How do you make the dialogue real, and the people involved come alive? As I explain in this interview on […]

The Count of the Sahara is Available Now on Kindle

“… a brilliant novel, great historical fiction. I couldn’t put it down.” Angela Best “A cleverly woven heart-warming story. Warning, it can make you giggle!” Chris Dangerfield My first novel, The Count of the Sahara is now available on Kindle. In 1925, “Count” Byron de Prorok was the most famous archaeologist in the world. By […]

Logan Museum Celebrates Byron (and Alonzo’s) Expedition

I just found out today that the Logan Museum of Anthropology in  Beloit, Wi, is opening a new exhibit about the Franco-American Expedition of the Sahara of 1925. Why does this matter? Because it’s the setting for my novel, “The Count of the Sahara.” The Exhibit, entitled, “Blue Veils and Black Mountains- Alonzo Pond’s 1925 […]

Byron de Prorok and Why I Dig History

Friends often wonder why I’m a history freak, and why my favorite stories are based in real times and places (albeit long ago and far away). The fact is, that real people are at least as interesting, maybe moreso, than anyone you could invent. Case in point is the main character in my  novel, “The Count […]