Helena Schrader's Historical Fiction

Dr. Helena P. Schrader is the winner of more than 20 literary accolades. For a complete list of her awards see: http://helenapschrader.com

Helena is represented by Laurie Blum Guest at the Re-Naissance Agency.

For readers tired of clichés and cartoons, award-winning novelist Helena P. Schrader offers nuanced insight to historical events and figures based on sound research and an understanding of human nature. Her complex and engaging characters bring history back to life as a means to better understand ourselves.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Back Cover Art

The back cover of "Balian d'Ibelin" requires not only text but images. 

Below are three images. 
1. The only medieval image I know of that depicts Balian d'Ibelin (holding Baldwin V in his arms)
2. One of several medieval illustrations that depicts Maria Comnena -- riding beside her first husband Amalric of Jerusalem.
3. A medieval illustration of a decisive victory -- albeit not Montgisard per se.

I was thinking either of both 1 & 2 or 3 alone.

Please let me know what you think. 




  1. #1. A book about Balian should use Balian's image. #1.

    1. Thanks! I'm tending that way at the moment....

  2. Though 1 and 2 are certainly more relevant to the novel, I would have to vote 3, if the point is to attract new readers. Absolutely love your novels, any chance Spartan slave, Spartan Queen will be published as an ebook?

    1. Thank you. The publisher felt the same way, but most of my readers so far have opted for 1(Balian). As for "Spartan Slave," I'd like to do a re-write and re-release as an ebook, but I don't see yet when I will have time for that. I've got deadlines to meet for Pen & Sword.