Greetings, and welcome!
I fell in love with the myths of the ancient Greeks and wrote my first story at a very early age, due in part to the children’s book, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. I’ve continued to hone the craft, alongside education, work, marriage, and child rearing. I’ve owned and operated a successful writing/editing company, and have earned a living in various occupations. As a freelance writer, I provided articles on demand for marketing use and teaching seminars, and, for ten years, worked as a bookseller. Now I’ve joined with Erinyes Press to publish and distribute The Child of the Erinyes series, mythic fantasy fiction beginning in the Bronze Age and winding up in the near future.
The seeds of this series were planted in the seventies, after reading Moon, Moon, by Anne Kent Rush, and Dawn of the Gods, by Jacquetta Hawkes. Two months in Scotland provided invaluable material and insight for what would become the stories that are set there. About fifteen years altogether were spent researching the Bronze Age segments of the series, and encompassed rare historical documents, mythology, archaeology, ancient writing, ancient religions, and volcanology. The research never really ends, I’ve found, even for the part of the series that is set in the future.
The Year-god’s Daughter, my debut novel and Book One of The Child of the Erinyes Series, made its worldwide debut in November, 2011, and was followed by The Thinara King in May, 2012. In the Moon of Asterion, Book Three, arrived on digital bookshelves in April, 2013: all three have paperback versions as well, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository.
The series continues to burgeon as I split these hefty books into manageable installments. In the Moon of Asterion wraps up the Bronze Age segment. Then comes The Sixth Labyrinth, the Scots segment, which may grow into its own trilogy, although I hope to publish it in one volume. When the Moon Whispers and Swimming in the Rainbow finalize things. All in all, the series spans nearly 4000 years.
Biggest writing Influences? Patricia A. McKillip, Margaret Atwood, Anita Diamant, Peter S. Beagle, and Yevgeny Zamyatin, to name a few.
Though I have no conscious memory of living in the settings I write about, (well, except one: okay, maybe two), I do believe in the ability to find a way through the labyrinth of time if one is determined, and I’ve learned that if we keep our eyes and ears open, ancient deities will speak in dreams and visions, gently prompting us to tell their forgotten stories.
Who knows? It could make a difference.
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The main purpose of this website is to share some of the interesting source material that appears in these stories, and specifically a few of the historical nuggets of gold unearthed during my research journey. Hopefully, it will provide answers to possible questions that might arise.
The Year-god’s Daughter, Book One of The Child of the Erinyes Series, The Thinara King, Book Two, In the Moon of Asterion, Book Three, The Moon Casts a Spell, Book 3.5 (a novella), and the Boxed Set of the first three books (Child of the Erinyes Collection) are all available. Click on the page ‘Links to Purchase” for ordering info.