Southern West Virginia native Charles Randolph Bruce was born and raised there in the highlands in which his Scottish ancestors settled in the late 1700s. His interest in telling the heroic story of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots 1306 -1329, was sparked by his family’s tradition that they descended from the great medieval warrior king.

Carolyn Hale Bruce was born in the Roanoke Valley, Virginia, where her 18th century ancestors include those with the Scottish surnames Agnew, Fraser, Thompson, and Davidson, among others. She wrote and had published two pictorial histories of her hometown.

The writers were panelists on the nationally distributed Book TV (C-span 2) hour and a half segment entitled “Successful Self-Publishing” at the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 29, 2008.

Now, having spent the last decade in researching, writing, illustrating, and promoting the Rebel King series of novels, Charles and Carolyn have traveled tens of thousands of miles to attend scores of games in dozens of states from Florida to Maine, Texas to Colorado, to promote their works and talk with other Scots about their hard-fought history. They have appeared on local television and radio shows in diverse markets, and have been written up in many newspapers and magazines. Every year new venues are added to their nearly nationwide wanderings.

Presently they are working on High King of Ireland, the fourth book in the epic saga of The Bruce, his “ragtag” army, and their attempts to free and maintain their homeland from enslavement by English king Edward I (a.k.a. “Longshanks” and “Hammer of the Scots”) and his son Edward II. The authors are also working at furthering their desires to create a documentary for airing on suitable cable television channels in the near future, and to put their novels on the big screen as several feature-length theatrical films, the last of which would be released on June 24th 2014, the 700th anniversary of the Scots’ victory over the far-greater army of Edward II at Bannockburn.

 

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