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Fellow novelist and Historical Novel Society member Susan Spann has interviewed me about my journey as a writer and my writing process for my medieval tale, The Cross and the Dragon. Check out her blog, Spann of Time.

Susan writes the Shinobi mysteries, featuring a master ninja and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, and the first book will be published next spring.

Here is a sampling of Susan’s thought-provoking questions:

If you could go back in time and share one writing lesson with “new writer you” before starting your first manuscript … what would that be?

Will you tell us a little about the legend that inspired your novel, The Cross and the Dragon?

Authors of historical fiction strike a balance between historical accuracy and storytelling. How do you decide where to draw the line between fiction and history?

How long did it take you to write The Cross and the Dragon, and what did you find most difficult about the writing process?

Hint: one of the answers has something to do with the illustration of the Rhineland scene below. Find the answers to these questions and more at Spann of Time.

Bodmer Nonnenwerth

This circa 1830 illustration shows Nonnenwerth Island. In the distance are Rolandsbogen and Drachenfels. (Public domain image from Wikimedia Commons)