My novella series is different to the trilogy I’ve written, except for one little similarity: ancient Greek history. I couldn’t help myself, I had to add some ancient history to my story, after all, that is what I love to write about. Book 1 of The Coin of Time Series is The Guardian’s Legacy, though I am open to suggestions. It is a contemporary thriller/fantasy story. That’s the best description I have at the moment. To give some context, I had written a short story for Australian children’s author, Sally Odgers, which was later published along with other authors’ short stories. The story was titled Herodotos’ Coin. I enjoyed writing the story and knew the narrative could be further explored; and that’s how the novella series was born.
As part of the team of authors that contributed to Sally’s book, we were offered a range of writing prompts; mine was a Greek coin. Yes, I can hear you saying, ‘no surprise there.’ It did ignite inspiration and a link to my favourite travelling ancient historian, Herodotos. A per my other works, a lot of research has gone into this series. One, I can’t really help myself regarding research and learning new information, and two, I knew there was a story to tell within the research I was doing. As I delved into the digital ether of the web combined with old fashion thumbing through non-fiction books, I learnt about the minting of coins, the first exchange of items and use of weights.
The story evolved and grew into a larger and much more complex plot with references to famous people—real and mythical—to infamous individuals, a range of locations (lots of international travel considering we aren’t able to do that as yet, well at the time I am writing this), and a international cast of characters. Maybe not so different to what I have been writing, just set in the present.
From here on, I’ll be writing about the various research featured in my novella and more about the characters in the story. I’ll also include updates on the stages of the story and upcoming publication date. Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.
Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.