I believe in my dream to write a historical novel Felix Ravenna: A Mosaic.
What started this dream?
Stories come to me and say, Tell me. It doesn’t stop until the story is told.
The idea for the the novel came from a conversation with my daughter. She was telling me why I should go to Ravenna, Italy. As she chatted along, she said, “And he (Theodoric the Great) led his people across the frozen Danube and eventually came to Italy.” In my mind I wondered, what was it like to live then.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
My main motivation is the story keeps wanting to be told. Characters come and ask me to get them out of the bar fight or whatever predicament in a scene. I like the main character, the time period, and creating scenes.
What are your goals?
I have a plan. A historical novel set in a time period with limited original source material--the Emperor Justinian did his best to eradicate all trace of Ostrogoth rule in the Roman Empire--requires a lot of research. I’m currently writing a series of short mysteries with the main character Argolicus. I started writing the mysteries, with the same protagonist, for fun while I work on the novel. Eventually there will be four sets of three stories each.
These stories keep me focused on the main character as I work through the research and story outline.
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
Thank you for allowing me to share my dream!
Argolicus was a real person at the time of Theodoric’s reign in Italy. He is mentioned nine times in Cassiodorus’ Variae (iii 11, iii 12, iii 29, iii 30, iii 33, iv 22, iv 25, iv 29, iv 42) as praefectus urbis of Rome. His childhood and ongoing friendship with Cassiodorus come from my imagination as well as his retirement in the very southern tip of Italy, the setting for the mystery series.
His call to Ravenna and appointment as comitiacus officium in Felix Ravenna: A Mosaic also originated in an idea.
The mysteries are set far away from the capital in southern Italy in 512 A.D. Felix Ravenna: A Mosaic is set two years later in Ravenna during the year 514 A.D.
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