Final question: Some of my favorite scenes in this novel involve the jousting. You suggest readers, if they get a chance, should go see a real joust. What is it like to see one in person? Where's the best place to go see one, barring a time travel machine?
They are terribly exciting. There is an authorized jousting circuit but they are few and far between in the U.S. I just signed books at the Tournament of the Phoenix that is presented every autumn in Poway, California. But I imagine you can check the internet to find them locally. Theatrical jousting that you might see at Medieval Times Dinner Theatre is not the same, because it’s staged. When two powerful horses ride toward each other, with their mounted knights with lance at the ready, and then they clash! Wow! Imagine the best play of football, basketball, hockey—with horses—rolled into one and you’ll get a feel for my excitement.