My latest novel:  “One Decent Thing”

It was late in the evening and after a good dinner, I decided to take an invigorating walk along the rocky shore. Behind me there was a faint glow from the distant street lights and occasionally a brighter light as a car circled the roundabout at the end of the promenade. I gingerly picked my way over the sharp stony obstacles, for not only were they obstructing me, but the raging gale pushing at me was, in part, determining my route. The storm had been raging all day and as the light had declined, the wind had increased in ferocity, although it brought no rain.

Front cover jpgIn the pale light I could pick out the white shape of the chaotic waves as they met the rocks in front of me and broke in clouds of spume. Beyond them, out to sea, in the direction of Ireland, was a complete and utter darkness, a threatening, grossly ominous blackness.

It was the flash of a bright light out at sea which caused me to stop. Just one flash, nothing more. I waited and watched, but waited in vain. It did not appear again. My imagination took over and by the time I had reached my hotel I knew the story I would write.

My writing genre is historical fiction and this took precedence. But now, almost twenty years later, I have written the story born on that rocky shore. “One Decent Thing” is my first thriller.


I welcome comments and feedback on the website and on my books. There is a “Comments” section on most pages.

Michael Wills

Just published – A new edition of Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed with larger font and a glossary, to make the story more accessible to young readers.

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One Decent Thing - book coverOne Decent Thing is available to order from Amazon



The Children o fthe Chieftain Betrayed Final versionChildren of the Chieftain is available to order from SilverWood Books and Amazon.

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Children of the Chieftain is available to order from SilverWood Books and Amazon.


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The Wessex Turncoat is available from Amazon in paperback and kindle




Finn’s Fate is available from Amazon
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Three Kings – One Throne is available to order
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A Tefler’s Tale is available from Amazon in hardback
Or direct from the publisher here: m.wills@wills.eu.com

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  1. Julia
    Jul 25, 2013

    Michael, After romping through Finn’s Fate, I could hardly wait to find out what happened after the raid, and the blacksmith was… -but perhaps I shouldn’t say, in case anyone is reading this who hasn’t got to the last page yet. (But that would be unusual =- I couldn’t put it down. Meals were left to burn, the phone to go to answerphone..!) So THANK YOU THANK YOU for writing ‘Three Kings – one throne’. As well as bring gripped by the story, I get to learn facts that I can impress with! Like I didn’t realise that the thatched roofs were lined with beech bark. Makes sense, but thank you for researching it. Got to go now. King Olof is going into battle…

    • Michael Wills
      Sep 10, 2013

      Hi Julia, Thanks for your comments, much appreciated. Sorry to have taken so long to reply, I have been off doing research in Scandinavia for a Viking book for children. Sorry too that I had to kill off so many heroes in Three Kings, history dictated it!
      Regards, Michael

      • Julia
        Sep 18, 2013

        After your very enlightening explanation about Harold and the claim to the throne, I was able to view the Bayeux Tapestry (or as they call it here in Brittany – Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde) with my eyes wide open. They make Harold look so shifty!!
        Glad to hear that your research for future books continues. You may be writing a book for children, but rest assured I’ll be buying it. We don’t have grandchildren yet, but I SO look forward to reading it myself. RThank you for your research – it has helped my historical understanding of events immensely. Best wishes to your lovely family , from Anthony and I , touring Brittany – before returning to our new home…in Jedburgh.

        • Michael Wills
          Oct 14, 2013

          Thanks for your kind comments Julia. I am in fact working on two books at the moment, the Viking story for children and novel based on the American War of Independence. We have just come back after spending three weeks researching how it was we lost or American colonies! Gosh Vermont is beautiful in the autumn. I will let you know when the new book is out. Regards

  2. Jill Maidment
    Aug 17, 2014

    Hi Michael,
    I have just finished reading your first two books. I just could not put them down. I am looking forward to reading more of your books now that we have more leisure time!!
    I have passed them on to Michael, who has been waiting for me to finish.
    Kindest regards
    Jill Maidment

  3. John Gore
    Jan 17, 2015

    hi Mr.Wills I stumbled across this web site and I felt I had to contact you.I am the little horror in class 4A Snodland secondary School in 1964, we shared the waste bin under your desk after the Margate to Maidstone 50 mile walk I have many fond memories of that time if you fancy a little nostalgia email me

  4. Marnie Downey
    Mar 17, 2015

    Hello Michael
    I have just purchased a hard copy of A Tefler’s Tale direct from you, but via Amazon. It is a birthday present for my sister, Pamela White, whom you will remember – and which she has specially requested. If you read this and have the opportunity to write a suitable greeting inside, I know she would be thrilled. It should be a complete surprise, as I have told her it is out of print (which it was when I checked earlier!). Very many thanks. Marnie Downey, Stonehouse, Glos

    • Michael Wills
      Apr 21, 2015

      Hello Marnie

      I am so sorry to have missed your message before I sent the book to you. Please give Pamela birthday greetings from Barbara and Me.

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