This week Veronica Scott visits the blog. I met Veronica online through Six Sentence Sunday and fell in love with her storytelling of ancient Egypt. Who doesn't love action, adventure, romance and magic? Veronica writes fantasy Egyptian romance as well as science fiction romance. Today I asked her one question why she chose Egypt for her setting.
BBTF: History has many fun and exciting epochs in it. What made you choose Egypt as the setting for your paranormal series?
Veronica: I think there were three things really. When I was growing up, my mother had all the old Time-Life books on ancient civilizations and I’d spend hours looking at the drawings and photographs. I was fascinated by the artifacts from Egypt – the jewelry, the clothing, the tomb paintings – all of it! Then, in elementary school I read a YA novel Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, set thousands of years ago, and the idea of writing my own stories about the ancient world was exciting. I still remember the first time I read Ms. McGraw’s novel and realized I too could write about the pharaohs, and the gods and life along the Nile. Then flash forward quite a few years and the King Tutankhamun exhibit. Standing so close to that incredible golden mask, and seeing the furniture and statues and other artifacts that were part of daily life 3000 years ago transported me. But I realized I wanted the gods of Egypt to be involved in the events in my stories the way the people of the Nile at that time believed and hoped they were.
Even with all this inspiration and fascination, I still hadn’t written an Egyptian story. I concentrated on science fiction romance. But then Carina Press put out a call for romances set in the Ancient World, I realized the Crocodile God was a shifter and therefore could fall in love in his human form…and Priestess of the Nile happened! Since then I’ve written four more romances set in ancient Egypt, with the most recent being the just-released Ghost of the Nile.
Congratulations on your new release, Veronica! :) You can find out more about Veronica Scott's books on her website. Be sure to buy a book and tell a friend. Happy reading!