What have you found is a common misconception people have about you the writer? The biggest misconception is about how much work and time goes into writing a story. Each of my two published Arthurian tales (Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend and Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom) took quite a while to write. Guinevere took five years to go from idea to published book. Young Knights took a around four years. Sons of the Sphinx will be close to five years when it is ready for publication. Even my shorter projects (Behind the Scenes of the Young Knights and Tutankhamen Speaks) took several months each.
Though I’m still rewriting and editing my current work in progress, ideas are already spinning around in my head for my next story.
Which authors have influenced you the most and how? I would have to say Joseph Campbell. I first read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien in college. Like many college students, I was searching for my place in the world. Looking back, I see it was the journey of Bilbo and Frodo that drew me in. Like them, I was also on a journey and had no idea of the ending. A few years later, I discovered Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey. I realized that this was the attraction for me and a whole world of readers in the works of Tolkien, T. H. White, George Lucas, and J. K. Rowling. In each of my stories, I incorporate the Hero’s Journey into my story line and my characters’ lives.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? On a world scale, at this point in my life, I would like to sit down with Zahi Hawass, former Secretary General of Egyptian Antiquities. He intimately knows all of Egypt’s ancient monuments, and his insights into the lives of the ancient Egyptian people and their pharaohs would be fascinating to talk about.
On a personal level, it would be my parents who both passed from this world nearly forty years ago. I would share all that has happened in my life and my family, what I’ve learned and experienced, my successes and my failures.
What is your favorite color? Blue is my favorite color. I know that it is associated with cold, but not in my world. Blue encircles our world both in the sky and in the oceans. Perfect for me because I love to fly, and I love to play in the ocean!
Finalist Pre-Teen Literature: Dan Poynter’s 2011 Global Ebook Awards.
At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history.She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted–all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage.
For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits?
However, the wizard Merlyn–her teacher and friend–knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.
Genre - Arthurian Legend
Rating – G
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