Geoff Boxell

Biography

G'day,
At the age of seven I asked my mother about King Richard the Lion Heart. Her response was to give me an historical text book she was reading on the subject and tell him to find out for myself! From then on I have been addicted to English history. After leaving school, where the history topics I studied were dictated by my need to pass exams, I concentrated my efforts on the 17th century, with especial interest in the Civil War and Cromwell's Protectorate. However, in the mid '90's I changed direction and began studying Anglo-Saxon history. Since then the Hundred Years War, in particular the events in the reigns of Edward III and Richard II have caught my interest. As a result of this I am now involved with the SCA Canton of Cluain, Barony of Ildhafn, Kingdom of Lochac. I have more than one persona, but my usual one is that of a yeoman archer in the retinue of Sir Allan de Buxhall, KG, Constable of the Tower of London. I run my own Household within the Barony - The Wulfings.
Until Government cut backs I regularly acted as a guest lecturer for the Waikato University covering English history topics from the coming of the English to the Restoration.
Whilst I spent most of my early career in telecommunications, I later joined the University of Waikato running an experimental ‘virtual’ unit providing education in technology management and innovation. After leaving the University I worked on various technology related contracts but am now retired.
I am active Christian and attend the Te Awamutu Bible Chapel. For many years I have been involved in youth work for the church.
Born in England, my wife and I moved to New Zealand in 1969. We have three sons and five grandchildren. We live on a large section with lots of trees and flowers and spend a lot of our time working in the garden. Naturally, as an archer, I have an archery butt at the bottom of the grounds.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My lap top. I have a choice of three! Each is used for a different purpose with one old donger mainly used as a hard-drive storage system.
Why no tablet? I haven't had the need yet, though I suspect getting one will be on the list when next I travel overseas as I always fill my time when flying or waiting to fly by reading and it would be ideal to have something smaller & lighter than a paper book.
Smart phone? I have one finger mostly missing and another damaged in sword fighting and this makes me very clumsy when it comes to using small touch screens.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Working my Rocker and Medieval re-enactor networks. I have also used local newspapers etc. One thing to bear in mind is that most of my books are re-issues of out of print paper books. With these I was able to get them placed in book shops in New Zealand and even in the UK when I visited there - the main avenue to gaining access was again working newspapers and magazines.
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Where to find Geoff Boxell online


Series

Grimm Tales
When Grimm insists to 21st Century London school boy, Jamie, that he was not only around but actually influencing events that involved Beowulf, Hengest and even King Arthur he explains that, as well as being an old man - he can be, a young man too.

Big Bold Beowulf

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Hard Hero Hengest

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Books

Awfully Artful Arthur or should that be Clever Cunning Cerdic?
Series: Grimm Tales. Price: Free! Words: 13,710. Language: British English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
(5.00 from 1 review)
After almost three years 21stC schoolboy Jamie meets up with Grimm again and this time Grimm finally tells Jamie the true story of King Arthur - well almost true, as true as his memory recalls, for he is no longer the young man, but the old man.
The Dark Daring Deeds of Geffrey ðe Wulf
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 80,470. Language: British English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
New Edition: More stories. Slip into the – at times murky and violent – world of Medieval England, where prisoners escape from the Tower of London, bows mysteriously break, and an upstart warlord wants to blackmail members of the French King’s court. When Sir Alan de Buxhall KG, Constable of the Tower of London, wants a “discreet” deed done he calls in his distant relative, Geffrey ðe Wul
Hard Hero Hengest
Series: Grimm Tales. Price: Free! Words: 16,100. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Grimm is back, this time telling 21st Century London School boy Jamie about Hengest - the first Englishman.
Big Bold Beowulf
Series: Grimm Tales. Price: Free! Words: 19,560. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
(5.00 from 1 review)
The true story of Beowulf as told by an old man who was there. At least that is what Grimm is telling 21st Century London schoolboy Jamie.
If You Go Down In The Woods
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 87,710. Language: British English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The French invasion of England in 1215-1217 is little known fact. Helping England's King John fight the French were bands of archers under a man known as Willikin of the Weald. Willikin did not have an army; he had small bands of ordinary freemen willing to lay down their lives to remain free of French rule. Two of those men were the twin brothers Godfrey and Thomas Wulfson of Iping.
Just for Kicks
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 44,650. Language: British English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A semi-auto biographical novel written by a South London Rocker known as, ‘GR’, this book looks at the dangerous and exciting 1960’s. Whilst others cringed at their antics, both Mods and Rockers were out to enjoy themselves. It was just that the adult world didn’t seem to appreciate their ideas of fun!
Woden's Wolf
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 224,200. Language: British English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
1066 and the Norman Conquest through the eyes of a dispossessed English small holder struggling to come to grips with the new complex world he finds himself in: an England that was very complex as the many peoples, languages, and customs that now lived in the land met, clashed, and mingled in the bubbling cauldron of history that was to produce the English nation and language we recognise today.

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Smashwords book reviews by Geoff Boxell

  • The Dragon's Boy on Jan. 11, 2016

    They thought of her as a flesh-eater; a devourer of sheep and cattle; a poisoner of water; a breather of sulphur and toxic vapours. A deadly serpent; a loathsome Worm. A killer of lambs As we are all taught. Interesting to see things from a different perspective. Your descriptive writing paints very vivid pictures that make it so easy to see your self actually there. This is not just a tale of a boy & a dragon, but a tale of , lonliness, misunderstanding, acceptance & love.