Book Launch: Blood and Circuses!

It’s done! I’m so pleased to announce that Blood and Circuses is finished and launching today (officially) at the Central Canada Comic Con (C4) in Winnipeg.

Read more about Blood and Circuses here.

I’ll be in Artist Alley on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, if anyone wants to drop by and say hi! Plus, there’s an entry for a free paperback version of either Blood and Circuses or A is for Adverb for loyal readers and those who visit me at C4. Congrats to Jarrel, winner of the free copy of Blood and Circuses!

Publishing this book has been a tremendous journey and milestone for me, and I’m very pleased to have it out in the world at last.

Hope to see you this weekend!


Continue Reading

The Nobodies of History

A lot of historical fiction focuses on big events and famous people—those names and deeds that are well enough known they might intrigue an audience. There are certainly events which have gripped my imagination. The eruption of Vesuvius is one, and that’s why I wanted to include it in at least one book.

However, the flip side is that it’s not the event itself which fascinates me. It’s how such a big event affected your regular, average person. Makes me wonder

Continue Reading

Gladiator Fights Were Not all Death Matches

It’s one of those things that most people assume – when gladiators fought one of the combatants had to die.

Not true. It’s just not true.

Was  death a real possibility? Of course. It was a contest of strength, skill, and courage. Plus, they used real weapons.

But it was not mandatory, or even desired, for gladiators fight to the death. Off the top of my head, here are three reasons why:

Continue Reading

Gladiator – Great Storytelling, Bad History

Disclaimer: There are a lot of people who rag on the Gladiator movie from the historical standpoint. Which is fair enough, because there are a boatload of historical inaccuracies. But Gladiator is also an extremely well-crafted story, hitting many emotional ‘hot buttons.’ Here are five reasons I loathe and five reasons I love this movie:

Continue Reading