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The number 13 has a bad rap, but the more time I spend in the 13th century, the more I realize the complexity of the age, and the more I love it! It is not a period many are familiar with, but some profound things happened, and some exciting people made their impact. It’s aContinue reading “The power of 13”
The Power of the Heliodromus will be thick in history and backstory and refer to events from The Slaying of the Bull. How to keep all that interesting? It is the bane of any work, but it is even more difficult with a historically-focused book. I can tell you, I’m not there yet. As IContinue reading “Transferring a tell into a show”
Writing a series is a challenge. I guess that’s pretty obvious, but this cold splash hit me recently. Not only do you have to map out the stories of each individual book, you have to keep the path of the entire series in mind. A five book series, has almost 3,000 pages and some 500,000Continue reading “Slight detour”
The dreaded one-star review! If you’re an author you will likely encounter either a reader who doesn’t want to hear what you have to say, one that really didn’t mesh well with your prose, or, the more likely of the three, someone who is an angry and bitter person looking for a vehicle to vent.Continue reading “The Morning-Star”
I’ve been writing novels for about 15 years now, but this is the first time I’ve written a sequel where the main character remains the same, and I have to say it’s quite refreshing. This would be Isa Malik from The Slaying of the Bull (Book 1 of the Tocharian Gospels Series) and now, TheContinue reading “Writing Isa”
The writing of the Power of the Heliodromus (book 2 of the Tocharian Gospels Series and the sequel to The Slaying of the Bull) is really moving now, but it was a bit of a slow start. I guess I didn’t comprehend the challenge I was taking on. Although I knew where I wanted theContinue reading “Heliodromus update”
My favorite part of writing historical fiction is finding the connections and weaving them together. It is also the part that takes the most time. Once the links are found, building characters, writing dialogue, and adding details is a breeze (well, maybe more like a sturdy wind). I tend to choose pretty obscure moments inContinue reading “Connecting dots!”
This may seem strange after proclaiming the birth of Alice in my last post (my main character in the Deserts of Stone, the sequel to the Island of Stone), but those who are reading or have read The Slaying of the Bull have begged me to start working on continuing the Tocharian Gospels instead. AfterContinue reading “Change in gears”
I’ve written two chapters of the Desert of Stone (book 2 of the Monuments of Stone series). It took a bit of time to get a feel for the characters (and a bit of blank staring at the screen), but things should start moving along nicely now after finishing a chapter heavy in dialogue withContinue reading “Alice is born!”
How to keep pushing forward when it seems no one is interested in your writing? This is a common question for an Indie author, I think. The cards are ultimately stacked against you, and some days you are going to ask if it is worth the struggle. There is just a huge amount of competitionContinue reading “Folly or Destiny?”
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