Welcome to the next stop in the historical novel blog tour — this time it is Rome in the 1st century B.C. Sincere thanks to Tiffani Burnett-Velez, author of A Berlin Story, for organizing this tour. Each week the blog tour travels to a different era and is a great way of meeting historical fiction authors and learning about their work.
Who you are, where you’re from, your writing credits?
My interest in historical fiction began as a boarding school student in the Indian Himalayas while reading The Three Musketeers and Julius Caesar. For many years thereafter, historical novels and movies kept me enthralled. However, as a medical student, my literary activities took a back seat, although the seed for my fascination with historical fiction was already implanted. Years later, while training to become a neurosurgeon, that seed started to sprout. I was moved to write a scene about a plebeian travelling to Rome on the brink of war. There was no turning back thereafter. From that scene grew a thread of a tale, and that into a full-fledged story, which will be my debut novel based on Ancient Rome in the 1st century B.C.
My adorable dog, named Puppy, shows his solidarity by sitting and sleeping close to me when I write this novel. I had adopted him 16 years ago when he was a stray puppy. Puppy is my greatest victory.