As a reader, I like historical fiction because it takes me to a time and place where people and circumstances engage my imagination. For the past 15 years, I've written historical fiction for the same reasons. The purpose of this website is to introduce readers, reviewers and book sellers to my books and some insight to what I write and why I write.
Because my focus in past years was on writing, little time was spent working on getting published. In Oct 2013 things began to change when Moonshine Cove published Death in Emily 3,the first in a series of Morgan Westphal historical mysteries. Since then priorities have shifted somewhat, and the past several years with time to write the next novel limited by the challenges of the publication process and then promotion of the novels. Morgan seems to have attracted fans and the feedback has been encouraging.
currently working on a trilogy set in the second century Roman Empire.
The novels feature the protagonist Marcus Arrius, a centurion and later
praefectus stationed in Judaea and Britannia who faces not only the
challenges of the battlefield but his own growing disillusionment with
Rome. I am pleased to report all three novels have been accepted by
Moonshine Cove Publishing and are under contract. The first volume, Sacramentum (Oath), was published on July 7, 2017 with Volume Two, Legacy, scheduled for publication in April 2018; Volume Three, Enemy of Rome is
projected for release in early 2019. I hasten to say that since the
latter novels are already written and vary from final draft to rough
draft, that leaves time to work on a couple of other projects already
The publisher sent me a request to publish Looking for Steiner a modern quasi-mystery/thriller novel set primarily in Vietnam that I wrote several years ago. Steiner was released on Aug 20 this year. Since I already had a novel published this year and to prevent overusing the name "Preston Holtry," it was published under the pen name "Wayne Preston."
Copies of all my published books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and e-book. You may also buy them directly from the publisher who will offer (book sellers only) a 50% discount plus S&H for orders of ten or more copies
I am a member of the Historical Novel Society which recently reviewed both The Good Thief and Sacramentum.
I also have an author page on Amazon and a profile on Goodreads. If you've readthe novelsand liked them, I encourage you to write reviews on Amazon or B&N saying that you did.
You can learn more about me and my approach to writing by visiting the "Bio" page.