J.T. Maicke writes historical novels that take place in Germany and among German-American communities in the Midwest. The study of German history, geography, language, culture, and cuisine has been one of his life-long passions. He has spent several years living and working in Central Europe and has explored many of the locations mentioned in his stories. Maicke is a great fan of historical fiction and his favorite authors include Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, George MacDonald Fraser, Robert Harris, and Morris West. He was educated by Benedictine monks and nuns in the Midwest, and several of his stories have a Roman Catholic theme.