Since Kindle covers are hard to see at the best of times, I’m setting up a gallery of mine in the order of their appearance in the market place:
A Killing Among the Dead
Chronologically, this is the last in the Egyptian cycle – and the first one I wrote. Egypt was rocked by a scandal of tomb-robbing and desecration in the Valley of the Kings. It happened toward the end of the XXth Dynasty (the last of the Ramesside dynasties) when Egypt was going into eclipse. The scandal was far-reaching and implicated some of the great mortuary temples along the nile. The story came to life for me, and its main character, Wenatef, is the closest I have come to a true tragic hero in the Greek sense.
The City of Refuge, second uploaded was, actually the third one I wrote but the first in the cycle, chronologically. I recently located its very first appearance in my imagination when I was going through some old notebooks. I had a notation about an idea for a story – and it grew into The City of Refuge. One of the main heroes, Lord Nebamun, is one of my all-time favorite characters to write about, and I am delighted to be working with him again in Mourningtide, which is due to be published within six months.
I hung on to Pharaoh’s Son, the second in the cycle (soon to be the third, with its ‘prequel’ set to come out in six months) for a long time. It is a lively story, the one I enjoyed writing most, and I had wanted to consider what to do with it. I concluded that Kindle and paperback were best for it, as for my others. I ran into my first experience of the delicacy required to handle historical fiction involving characters that actually lived. In the case of Pharaoh’s Son, the names are real, the characters are my own – though I arrived at some insights into the character of Ramesses II during the course of writing about him. I now have a strong disclaimer at the beginning of my historical novels.
The Safeguard is my most recent Kindle book (at the moment). I have another Civil War novel with the tentative title of Crowfut Gap underway. Another, The Bones, has its roots in the Civil War and involves events set in motion then, but it is set in the present. The Safeguard features two of my ancestors, who appear as Union foragers…
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