Selected Works

Historical Fiction
Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, three outsiders must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power.
The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.
The Year of Four Emperors - and four very different women struggling to survive
A brilliant and paranoid Emperor, a wary and passionate slave girl – who will survive?

Ave Historia: An irreverent look at historical fiction today: books trends, historical tidbits, and random tangents

Mistress of Rome: The Movie

July 10, 2010

Tags: Mistress of Rome, movie

Several readers have written to ask me the following question: Will my historical fiction novel “Mistress of Rome” ever be made into a movie?

I have to say, probably not. Historical movies are invariably big budget: it costs a lot of money to fund the necessary CGI, the on-location shooting, the sumptuous palaces. I shudder to think what the bill would be for all my Colosseum scenes – lions and tigers and costumed extras, oh my. HBO's superb TV show “Rome” was canceled despite rave reviews and a big following, simply because it cost too much. And it doesn't help that Rome is one of the most expensive places on earth to shoot film in. So I don't imagine my little historical fiction novel will make it to the big screen, not unless I somehow turn into the next J.K. Rowling or unless Ridley Scott becomes my number 1 fan. Neither of which is too bloody likely.

But that doesn't mean I can't fantasize, of course. I always mentally cast my books as movies – it's a useful exercise, trying to envision your characters in terms of real people. And useful exercises aside, I can always fantasize about getting to meet Clive Owen when he plays a hero from my book. So without further ado, here’s how I would cast “Mistress of Rome” – given, of course, unlimited control and budget. (more…)

Pictures At Last

July 10, 2010

Tags: photo, skydiving

So my husband finally got around to showing me how to put pictures up on my blog. The price for this tutorial was the stipulation that my first posted photo be of him.

This is what my husband would look like if he were born in another era: a born warrior painting himself blue and charging shield walls. But in these modern times, he has to resort to more outlandish ways of risking his life.

This is the lunatic I married, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane at thirteen thousand feet. Thanks for showing your Luddite wife how to put pictures on her blog, love.