Gold Coin: Alexander. Babylon
It's now official. After all those years of work, my novel Shadow of the Lion is now in the hands of an agent. I have my writer friend Scott Oden to thank for this, something for which I am eternally grateful. I also thank those historical fiction writers who have emailed me with encouragement: Steven Pressfield and Dr. John (Jack)Dempsey, as well as my many friends and others in the writing community of Vancouver.
It's been a long, long journey and now I am on the road to the 'finish line' I am going for the gold!
I think Shadow deserves it. This book is for Alexander, and the Greeks. And I hope it's a winner!
Of course, one must face the possibility of disappointments, but I am staying positive and hope for the best because I know it is a worthy project and I put my whole heart and soul into it.
I just packed away the manuscript boxes that have been on my side board for months. I lit some incense, as Scott suggested, and put it in front of my statuette of Apollo and two small mementos of the royal tombs at Vergina: one with a gold image of Philip, Alexander's father and the other with the gold sixteen pointed star of Macedon.
So now I'm taking Steven Pressfield's wise advice and I've already started to focus on my other work-in-progress, Dragons in the Sky. I'll write more about it in days to come. I know I'm going to miss all my friends from Shadow, but it's great to be back with Olwen again because her story is almost like a time-travel back to my own roots. And yes, there is an Alexander connection in it.