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When I decided to take a stab at writing, my mentor gave me this one first, and best, piece of advice: “Write for yourself, not for the market, not for publishers or editors, and not for readers.” The idea was that if you don’t love your writing first, why would anyone else want to read it? If what you write doesn’t make you happy, fulfilled, energized and excited, what on earth are you doing it for? And how will you sustain it as a career (or even as a hobby, for that matter)? With these words ringing in my ears, I took up my pen and started drafting.
Eventually The Scribe’s Daughter was born. It’s a book that mucks about, in and out of genres while not remaining true to any single genre. In fact, pegging it as a specific genre nearly topped the list of Things That Were Really Difficult To Do when trying to decide how to market the book. It feels like historical fiction, but there is no history in it. So that makes it fantasy, right? Except there are no fantastical creatures and no magic. I had created something hard to define, neither one nor the other, defying the genre gods by its refusal to commit.
After three books, I’ve not really changed my style or my approach. Currently, I am working on a project that steps out of medieval Europe and travels back in time by a lot. Inspired by the history of Sargon of Akkad and his daughter Enheduanna, who lived during the third millennia BC in ancient Mesopotamia, it will tell a tale of adventure, woe, and heartbreak. BUT…. this book will have some creatures!
And because I need to have two projects going at once, I’m working on a second project which is much less historical and more traditionally fantasy. Stay tuned…