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The power of 13

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”

Slight detour

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 Morning-Star

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”

Writing Isa

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”

Heliodromus update

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”

Connecting dots!

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!”

Change in gears

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”

Alice is born!

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!”

Folly or Destiny?

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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