For, as I suppose, no man in this world hath lived better than I have done, to achieve that I have done. – Sir Thomas Malory
Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., has been in love with the Arthurian legend since he first read The Boy’s King Arthur by Sidney Lanier with N.C. Wyeth’s illustrations, and he credits Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon with making him realize the potential for writing new versions of the legend.
Although Tyler considers himself a novelist first and a scholar second, he wrote his Master’s Thesis on the Arthurian legend as a way to accomplish the research necessary for the Arthurian novel he was simultaneously writing. A chapter of his Master's Thesis was published as “Creating King Arthur’s Children: A Trend in Modern Fiction” in the Spring 1999 issue of Arthuriana.
Although his doctoral studies at Western Michigan University led him to focusing on British Gothic nineteenth century novels, and his love for his hometown of Marquette, Michigan resulted in his publishing a series of historical fiction and non-fiction books set in Upper Michigan including the popular The Marquette Trilogy and My Marquette, his love for the Arthurian legend has never died, and after many years his vision for a series of Arthurian novels is now coming to fruition.
In January 2011, an expanded and revised version of his initial M.A. Thesis was published by Modern History Press as King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition. He is currently preparing to publish King Arthur’s Legacy, the first novel in the Children of Arthur series, which will trace King Arthur’s descendants throughout history with stunning results.
When Tyler is not busy writing his novels, or editing books for other authors (he is the owner of Superior Book Productions), he can often be seen driving around Marquette singing out loud to his favorite musical, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, which he listens to almost daily.
As for whether or not Tyler is a descendant of King Arthur, he notes that the debate over Arthur's historicity will probably never be resolved, but Tyler can trace his own ancestry back to the Plantagenet dynasty of England as well as several Welsh and Scottish families that claim descent from King Arthur, lineages Tyler discusses in detail in in his book King Arthur's Children. Furthermore, modern research into DNA and mathematical calculations about genealogy make it clear that if King Arthur did live and have children, not only Tyler but nearly everyone in the world today would be King Arthur's descendant.
Tyler's Interviews and Book Reviews
Through the Mists of Time Book Review (February 15, 2012)
Dark Age History Book Review (November 2011)
The Warden's Walk Book Review (June 16, 2011)
The World of Myth Book Review (June 12, 2011)
Goodreads Book Review (March, 2011)
Inside Scoop Radio Interview (February 16, 2011)
Reader Views Written Interview (February 2011)
Reader Views Book Review (February 2011)
Author Cheryl Carpinello's Book Review (January 2011)