Why did you decide to write a story set in ancient Egypt? What makes the setting compelling for you?
I've always had an interest in Egypt, and have studied it on and off throughout the years. When I first heard of Kiya in high school I was intrigued by how little is known about her, so I decided to write about her. It took me a few years to do it, but when I did, I found that not only was she extremely interesting, but so many other personalities from the period too. It really took a life all of its own.
What advice do you have for writers who weave real history into their fiction? What challenges does this present?
Expect critism. You can't please everyone, but as long as you do your research and stand by the choices you make for your story, it's worth it.
What do you like best about your main character, Kiya? What are her flaws?
I love that Kiya doesn't back down. She compromises when needed so she can keep herself and her family alive, but ultimately she stands by her beliefs. Her biggest flaw is how much she loves, which is also one of her greatest strengths. But sometimes her love puts her at risk when she forgets herself to protect others.
If you had been born in ancient Egypt instead of today, what would your life have been like?
It probably would have sucked ha ha ha! If I'd managed to stay alive to adulthood despite malaria, crocodiles, and a myriad of diseases which are now either extinct or treatable, I'd face working on a farm, maybe weaving, trading, cooking... as a woman I'd be expected to have lots of children, if I survived childbirth. I'm glad I live today. :-)
I hear that you have another book coming out soon! Please tell us about it.
Book 2 in the trilogy (25th Oct 2013) or the other one? :-) The other one is called Branded and is being released through Soul Mate Publishing. It's set in Australia, in the Sydney/Blue Mountains/Central New South Wales area, and a terrorist infiltration has killed most of the population. The story follows a survivor, Ali, who become the target of the General who led the attack when she escapes being executed after he brands her for death. She falls in love while on the run, and after a whirlwind romance, marries Damien. When the General finds out, his obsessive hunt for Ali intensifies, which could kill Damien and break Ali, who has become a symbol of the resistance.
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When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…
The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.
Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.
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