•Deeds of the Ariane

My favorite author growing up was Mary Stewart. Have you ever read her work? She wrote in two completely different genres, and had the distinction of being equally famous and well-respected in both. She is known by many people today for her classic romantic suspense stories, which were usually about a brave young woman who travels to an exotic place and finds herself involved in a life-changing adventure. She had a great influence on my work, though I don’t write with the wonderful literary quality she had.

But in addition to her classic romantic suspense, Mary Stewart also wrote fantasy novels. I was so fascinated by her tales of Merlin that I wrote my college thesis on Arthurian legend (The Character of Kai in Welsh Sources from the Eighth to the Twelfth Century—it was riveting reading, let me tell you! <grin>).

The first novel I ever wrote was actually an epic fantasy. But though it is set in a magical world of swords and sorcery, it has a lot in common with my mysteries. It’s about a young woman who finds herself at the center of a puzzle only she can solve. There’s a handsome prince, a plucky little boy she has to save, and a message about kindness at its heart. It is called Lark’s Quest, and is the first of what I hope will be many novels about the fate of the Silver Isle.

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