Jack Reyn is the pen name of an academic at a leading British university. An expert on religious history with two degrees from Oxford, he has published widely on religion and theological ideas in antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the modern world.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for over ten years. It was a pretty haphazard process to start with! My first book was written in the odd moments I had between working and living, which didn't leave much time. My first novel, "Imago", was mainly written while commuting.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'd published quite a few non-fiction books, but I'd always dreamed of writing a novel. I found myself, unusually, with time on my hands, so I decided to see if I could do it. It's really as simple as that.
What tipped me over the edge was a tweet by Neil Gaiman about the Terry Pratchett Prize for alt history. That's what inspired me to choose this genre, although I didn't have nearly enough time to enter the competition!
An ancient legend. A deadly race. In a society bitterly split between modern science and ancient religion, three very different people must fight for their lives against a conspiracy that threatens to plunge the world into war.