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What’s Your Latest Book?
The Vellum Scribe is a mystery steeped in social and religious controversy and the murder of an old friend. Argolicus revives old family ties and rivalries to unravel the threads.
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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. I’m definitely a West Coast person. A few years ago I moved to Oregon to live among the tall evergreen trees and be near my son and his family.
How Did You Get Into Writing? I’ve been writing stories since I was a child. In college I started writing poetry and went on to work with Poets-In-The-Schools, teaching writing to ages preschool to university, and even teaching teachers. I returned to story writing in 2015 and haven’t looked back.
What Is Your Typical Writing Day? I like doing business in the morning to get my head geared up – email, social networks, research, news, then at noon, turn off the internet and write in a lovely, quiet cocoon until 4:00 p.m. I try to write 1,000 words a day, about five pages. I start by rereading what I wrote the day before to get myself in the flow, then I charge ahead. I don't worry about getting it perfect, I worry about getting the story down. I tend to do several drafts before I turn the book in to my editor.
How Long Does It Take You To Write A Book? About seven months – a month for research, four to five for writing, and a month of editing. That said, those seven months are spread across a year's true time frame because of editorial and promotion with other books in the series. I'm generally always writing a book, editing a book and promoting a book at the same time. The bane of the two a year schedule, but it works for me.
Where Did You Get The Idea for Argolicus? He leaped off the page when I was reading the Variae by Cassiodorus. I was doing background research on Theodoric’s rule in Italy. Argolicus was a real person at the time of Theodoric’s reign in Italy. He is mentioned nine times in Cassiodorus’ Variae (iii 11, iii 12, iii 29, iii 30, iii 33, iv 22, iv 25, iv 29, iv 42) as praefectus urbis of Rome. His childhood and ongoing friendship with Cassiodorus come from my imagination as well as his retirement in the very southern tip of Italy, the setting for the mystery series.
What is the Order of the Argolicus Mysteries? You can read each book can as a stand-alone book, but they do have a chronological order.
The Roman Heir
The Used Virgin
The Vellum Scribe
The Peach Widow
Do I Need to Read The Books in Order?
It’s really your choice. Each book is a stand-alone story. The details and background about Argolicus and his companion slave tutor Nikolaos build in each story. You'll probably enjoy them more if you read in order, simply because the characters and story lines have a certain interconnectedness inherent to sustain a series.