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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?

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On the Rack!

February 7, 2012

Tags: q&a, on fiction writing

Back to On Fiction Writing today, having volunteered to subject myself to the ruthless Q&A they affectionately call "The Rack." No tepid questions here; "How did you get your ideas?" was replaced by such beauties as "Which literary character would you like to sleep with?" My answer:

"Bernard Cornwell's Uhtred from the Saxon Stories. A strapping Viking warrior with a dry sense of humor and a soft side revealed only to his girls. Actually, I'd nail pretty much any of Cornwell's heroes Richard Sharpe, Derfel Cadarn, Thomas of Hookton. I have a weakness for unapologetically alpha-dog men who live hard, laugh a lot, love their women, and kill their enemies."

I suspect the Spanish Inquisition's rack was far less enjoyable than this! For the rest of the interview/torture session, read here!