Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Saturday, June 9, 2012

St. Patrick, My Mentor

I'm thinking about self-publishing my second historical novel.

The Fury of Dragons is the second book in my Sword & Spirit Series.

I owe a debt to St. Patrick because he influenced both books.

In A Secret Hope, the first book, one of my inspirations was reading in St. Patrick's Confession that he had led a beautiful Irish princess to faith in Christ.

In the second book, nearly the entire plot is based on Patrick's Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus. In this letter he castigates and condemns the British chieftain who came upon some of Patrick's converts shortly after their baptism. Coroticus abducted the young ones, and according to Patrick, Coroticus "gave girls away like prizes".

My first book, A Secret Hope, is doing fairly well and I have had some requests for the next book in the series. Originally, I self-published the book as an experiment. E-publishing is taking off and with my husband's encouragement to be bold, I went ahead and it out there.

But in the back of my mind, I wanted to keep the second book back, in case I ever managed to procure a "traditional" publishing contract.

Now I think I'm going to do both. I'm continuing to work on a series of stories set in the Gilded Age for a traditional publisher. But my real first love is ancient history and archaeology. That's what gets my pulse thumping and my imagination stirred up!