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Disruptive didn’t begin to describe it. I would have a family there, I’d be comfortable materially, and I would be able to keep my father’s legacy. But every tiny thing would be different.
I’d been forced, sobbing, from my East Coast home after Dad died, and dumped in […]
A week before Christmas, something very strange happened to my first book. The main character, Karen, stepped out from the covers and started talking. I mean, really talking, and in a young American voice (Caitlin Thorburn).
I listened and a tingle ran across my shoulders. I was spooked. There’s no other way to describe it. But […]
A boy holding a platter of fruits and a bucket of crab(?) in a kitchen with fish and squid, on the June panel from a mosaic depicting the months (3rd century) CC Commons – creator Sailko
Food is one of the most powerful ways of conveying information about characters. It shows readers not only status and […]
All writers sneak a look at their reviews – we are that human. Looking at INSURRECTIO’s, I was struck by this one: “Although I enjoyed the first three, IV and V are disappointing; particularly this one. Because they are ‘backstory’, I already knew who did what to whom from the earlier novels.”
I appreciate them taking the […]
Twenty-first century Roma Nova military train with state of the art weaponry; their firepower and weapon handling are undoubted. But they also train on a ‘volunteer’ basis with a modern carbon steel version of the traditional Pompeii gladius, a short sword in use from at least AD 79 and not uncommon in the 4th century AD.
Read this fabulous review!
1066 Turned Upside Down – a collection of stories by nine historical fiction writers – is now out! Now what does 1066 have to do with Roma Nova? Good question.
Suppose there had been a Roma Novan around trying to intervene in 1066 between Harold’s Saxon England and William’s Normandy? Could she have influenced either […]