Valentine’s Day Special: Apollo and Daphne

Hello Bloglandia, It's not my normal day for a Behind the Book post, but since it's Valentine's Day and you might have cupid-themed e-cards appearing in your inbox, I thought it would be the perfect time to explore a pair of mythical lovers in one of the legends that went into the creation of The Battle … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Special: Apollo and Daphne

January’s Writing & Reading Round-Up

Hello Bloglandia! Wait. Where did January go? I can't believe we've (well, nearly) charged through the first month of 2020 already. While I'm not normally a sunshine and rainbows kind of gal, if this month is any indication of the year ahead, I'm in for a pretty good 2020. And yes, my normal cynical-pessimist self … Continue reading January’s Writing & Reading Round-Up

The Funny Side of Writing Fight Scenes

If you’ve read any of the books in my Osteria Chronicles series or some of the parts of Domna, you may have noticed several pages are filled with action-packed fighting. Whether it’s Hercules cousin, Iolalus, battling a hydra or Theseus going toe to toe with the minotaur, my fight scenes have (hopefully) provided you as … Continue reading The Funny Side of Writing Fight Scenes

Centaurs: The Good, The Bad, and The Big Debate

Centaurs! These half man half horse beasts of mythology have long been a source of fodder for the imagination.  The origins of these imaginary creatures are a matter of speculation but the best guess (meaning this was the idea presented by the scholar who bought the most rounds of beer for his colleagues) is that … Continue reading Centaurs: The Good, The Bad, and The Big Debate