C.J. Adrien (born 18 September 1987) is a French-American author of historical novels for young adults. He is best known for his debut series about the Vikings in Western France titled Kindred of the Sea, which follows the adventures of a young man who was orphaned by a Viking raid, and who must face them again. He lives in the U.S. with his wife and son in Bend, Oregon.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Adrien was born in the U.S., but lived most of his childhood in France, the country of origin of his father. He later attended the University of Oregon and majored in history. There, he also aspired to pursue a doctoral program, but due to life circumstances, withdrew his application and chose to earn a Master’s degree in teaching instead. He taught a wide variety of grade levels in the U.S. through most of his 20’s, and began writing his novels during his teaching years.
Career[edit | edit source]
Adrien began his writing career as a self-published author and published his first novel, The Line of His People, in 2013. He had early success with his first novel through his social media marketing efforts, and this success drove him to start his own publishing company called Voyageur Book Publishing in 2015 through which he helped several other authors build an audience for their books. In 2015, he published his second novel, The Oath of the Father, and it was this same year that Adrien chose to leave the teaching profession to pursue his passion for writing and publishing.
Adrien’s novels continued to grow in popularity through 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Adrien was invited to be a panelist at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds 2017 to participate in a panel discussion titled, “Imagining the Medieval World: Popular Medievalism and Historical Fiction - A Round Table Discussion”. In 2017, he traveled to Leeds to attend the conference where he also toured Northern England’s Viking sites, including the island of Lindisfarne and the Jorvik Viking Museum. After the conference, he had the opportunity to interview Bernard Cornwell on the same topic as the panel.
Upon his return from his trip to the U.K., Adrien’s novels were published by a Finnish publisher, Creativia. Thus, his career as a self-published author ended and his career as a fully published author began.
Novel Series[edit | edit source]
Kindred of the Sea[edit | edit source]
Adrien’s first series of historical novels features the adventures of Abriel, an orphan of a Viking raid raised in a monastery who embarks on a journey to face those who destroyed his home. It takes place during the first Viking raids in 799 A.D. on the island of Noirmoutier, in Southern Brittany.
The first 2 books of the Kindred of the Sea series (beginning in chronological order with The Line of His People and ending with The Oath of the Father) detail Abriel’s adventures as a key pawn in the struggle for succession of the Yngling Dynasty in Norway, and later the ambitions of the warlord Turgeis. Adrien has planned one more novel for the series, with no set release date.
References[edit | edit source]
- Viking Historical Fiction Novels | C.J. Adrien
- INTERVIEW: C.J.ADRIEN, AUTHOR OF THE KINDRED OF THE SEA SERIES
- Imagining the Medieval World: Popular Medievalism and Historical Fiction - A Round Table Discussion, Wednesday 5 July 2017, School of English, University of Nottingham
- How historical is historical fiction? An Interview with Bernard Cornwell
- Author C.J. Adrien - Creativia Author
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