Cleopatra Selene was the only daughter of Queen Cleopatra VII and the Roman general, Mark Antony. I've tried to answer the most common questions I get asked about her: 1. Is she a "real" figure in history? When I first started kicking around the idea of writing a historical fiction novel about Queen Cleopatra VII’s only surviving child, her daughter, Selene, most people … [Read more...] about The Historical Guide to Cleopatra’s Daughter, Selene
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Isn't it amazing?! I'm proud to be part of the cover reveal for Stephanie Dray's new novel, America's First Daughter, the story of Jefferson's eldest daughter, Patsy. It releases in March. I can't wait to read this one! Also, get this. Just as the two authors--Stephanie and Laura Kamoie (aka Laura Kay)--were about to release the galleys for printing, the Robert H. Smith … [Read more...] about Look at this Cover! LOOK AT IT!
A pic of my screen as we said goodbye...The students at Star Prep Academy in California asked so many great questions about my books on Cleopatra (both the biography and novel), I found myself occasionally taken aback. I mean, how do you respond to a young reader who asks what in MY life informed the way I wrote about Cleopatra Selene's relationship with her MOM?Whoa. A future … [Read more...] about Kids Ask the Darndest Things–Over Skype
Getting fan mail is a writer's dream. Getting fan mail where young readers question your choices are even better. Why? Because it shows how engaged they were in the story.Strong girls: not intimidated. One thirteen-year-old reader contacted me through Facebook to tell me that although she loved my book, one thing bugged her and she wanted an explanation.In the scene where … [Read more...] about Strong Girls and Reading