When Jack Whyte figured out how the young Arthur pulled the sword out of the stone, he never imagined the revelation would lead to a long and successful career as a novelist. Twenty years after emerging from his basement with three completed manuscripts and no idea he'd ever get them published, he's the author of a much-loved, nine-book cycle of novels on the Arthurian legend and a highly successful, internationally-published trilogy on the history of the Knights Templar. He's currently at work on the third book in his trilogy of novels set in his native Scotland in the 14th Century, and dealing with Scotland's (and his own) three greatest heroes — William Wallace, (The Braveheart), King Robert the Bruce, and Sir James (the Black) Douglas. The first two books in this series are The Forest Laird and The Renegade. The third, The Guardian, will be out November 4. SiWC attendees will get to see it early!