Interesting and True Stuff about
Druids, Mages, Elves
and Researching a Historical Novel
Druids were the upper class of the ancient Celts. They were the philosophers, the judges, the learned priests. Mages were the wizards of the Druids. Their bards traveled throughout the land, transmitting and preserving the history of the Druids by singing their wonderful tales. Merlin was their most famous bard.
At the height of their power (around the third century BC) Celtic culture spread from Ireland to modern Turkey. There are more Druids around today than you might suspect. Strongholds are on the western shore of the British Isles, in Brittany and in France, and they are still scattered over Europe.
They did not build Stonehenge. Although they worshipped there, the massive monument was erected at least a thousand years earlier.
Elves come in many shapes and sizes, so it was easy to make my elves strong and handsome. Again, the British Isles are their stronghold. Try telling an Irishmen you don’t believe in elves!
Writing about druids, mages and elves let my imagination run free. Historicals are another matter. Both For Love is New and Spies and Roses took weeks of research. Every fact has to be double-checked unless you want an irate reader blasting at you. My other books demand research also as each one is set in a different year, but historicals need much more. History fascinates me though, so I relish this part of writing. Even writing the love scenes take research, since so much of the language and the lead-up must be different.
I love writing in any genre, and feel so lucky to be well-published.
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