Did you know that Britain obsessed on the stability of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century? It was vital as a buffer between Russian and the West. In diplomacy it was referred to as “the Eastern Question.” I wrote about it yesterday for Catherine Castles Musings from a Writer’s Brain.
Did you know England obsessed on the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire throughout the nineteenth century? They called it “The Eastern Question.” The empire begin to decline after they lost the Battle of Vienna in 1683. By 1800, the empire was greatly weakened. Imperial Russia stood to benefit from that decline. England deemed the survival […]
For WiP Wednesday, a bit from The Price of Glory. While sketching damage to ancient ruins in order to document it, an rather intimate conversation on marriage ensues. I thought I’d share my inspiration/image of the characters too. ***** “Your parents’ marriage must have been unhappy,” he said, surprising her with his perceptive insight. She […]
An excerpt: I’ve had moonlight on my mind lately. ***** “We’re still weeks from Khartoum, Sekhmet. Bashkim—” Use of the nickname made her lips curl up into a smile. “Neither Bashkim nor Khartoum has anything to do with it. You have your work, your goals.” “And you have yours.” He shifted and tried to cradle […]
Vaccines are on my mind—I just got my second dose of Moderna two days ago. I didn’t set out to write about vaccination programs when I first conceived The Price of Glory three years ago. Even when my hakima (female healer) took shape and I realized that vaccination was a vital part of the work […]
What do you think of when I say I’m “writing?” I suspect most people envision the creation of the first draft of a book, the putting of words on paper, er, or into a word processor, This week I’ve been putting down words, creating new prose, at a steady pace. So. Writing. In some ways […]
My current work in progress begins in India. The hero, alas, is court martial-ed unfairly and forced to resign his commission. He has no choice but to take his half-caste children to England before he… Never mind, that’s a story for another time. He returns to England. My challenge became how to get him there, […]
Highlighting Historical Romance We’re pleased to help Nancy Fraser celebrate the cover for her new release, The Eye of The Pharaoh. Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a […]