The wonderful thing about researching history is that I’m always learning new things. The most aggravating thing about researching history is that I’m always learning new things too late. I hate it when I find something new I could’ve used in my past books. For example, I recently learned that the Romans had a god of farts and BMs called (wait for it) CREPITUS! I would’ve … [Read more...] about Oh You Romans. From a God of Farts to Boiling Drinking Water, You Never Cease to Amaze!
About the Book: A young adult novel based on the real life of Cleopatra's only surviving child, her daughter, Cleopatra Selene. From her palace in Egypt, to the dirty streets of Rome, Cleopatra Selene is forced to fight to protect the tatters of her family after her parents--Cleopatra and Mark Antony lose their kingdom and their lives. Forced to build a new life in the home of … [Read more...] about Excerpt from CLEOPATRA’S MOON
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
When my novel about Cleopatra Selene's early/teen life came out, readers often asked me if I was writing a sequel. My answer was always an unequivocal, "Nope." But they wanted to know what happened to Selene after she set off to marry the King of Mauretania! Why wouldn't I continue her story? My answer was always a bit … [Read more...] about Dray’s Excellent Daughter of the Nile Releases Today!
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