I never intended to write a novel. In my heart, though, I’ve always been a writer. I started out writing poetry and jotting down ideas for stories in high school and college, but it was archaeology I pursued. I loved the mystery, I loved the history, and I loved the smell of earth that hadn’t been touched by human hands in a millennia. 

Writing historical fiction is very similar to archaeology. You must put together the pieces correctly, and artfully, to tell the story of a life once lived.