Over a year ago I thought I was moving and packed up most of my books. Now I'm finally in my new home and slowly unpacking as I manage various contractors to bring the house up to safety and comfortable living standards. Although I kept my notes and some research papers, most of my research books were among the things in storage. I'm so happy to be reunited with all the reference material I managed to collect while I was in Italy doing research.
I love working in a fictional world because while historians may disagree and try to prove their point to colleagues I can pick what is most useful to further the story and go from there.
Tonight, for example, I went through the catalog of Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra which is Argolicus' home in the story. I went through room by room, thought about the garden where his tutor Nikolaus grows herbs.
What a pleasure to dive in to the story again.
Zara Altair, Author
The puzzle of politics, the mystery of murder in ancient Italy. After Rome, before the Middoe Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths.