Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Years ago, Jacquie Rogers and I came up with an interesting idea for a series of workshops to pitch to our local conferences that might also help our book sales. We decided to look at various myths and legends that are commonly explored among our author friends, and how they morphed around the world depending on location. We decided that the Silk Road, with its ancient trek for travelers and merchants, would be a good place to start. She would take the western cultural myths and I would take the eastern ones, and it would be fun.

The first workshop we pitched and presented to a local writers' group was on faeries and dragons. This was a great place to start, particularly because Jacquie had a series of faery romances she was writing at the time. If I recall, the dragons part was because dragons are fun. (I dare you to say otherwise.) We gave the workshop, got feedback, and we were off.

Over the next few years, we gave a series of workshops along the same theme with different topics: ghosts, angels, demons, werewolves/shapeshifters, vampires, water beasties ... somewhere along the way, we managed to explore a lot of mythology. Never much money, but it was fun. And somewhere along the way, Jacquie realized her interest was really in writing westerns. And I realized my interest was actually in those myths, not a surprise, considering my college major was in anthropology. So I continued to add to the original workshop material, because hey! It was cool!

We continued to give those workshops from time to time to yet more writers and thought nothing more of it until I was laid off from my longtime position at a magazine and found myself editing for myself full time. And as I gave one of these workshops, an audience member commented that I had so much information, and it occurred to me that I had time at long last — time to expand.

And so the workshops became books.

Here's the first of the series, Ghosts Along the Silk Road ... and Beyond, with Dragons Along the Silk Road ... and Beyond not far behind. Check it out!

1 comment:

  1. Came here looking for a current post. Are you still blogging? Or have you moved to a new blog? Thanks!

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