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Maria Herring

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It would be awesome to have a lovely long list of writing credentials, but...
Writing became a passion for me after a 3-year Business degree which took me to China as an English language teacher. Tolkien and Terry Pratchett didn't exist over there meaning I had nothing to read so I decided to write my own stories. I'm still writing my own stories, even though I moved to France and now have the option to buy English books. Teaching English as a foreign language, while it pays the bills and keeps me moving, isn't as awesome as spending huge chunks of the day in wholly other worlds.

Some really personal stuff, then. After entirely misspending the decade of my tweens, turning thirty turned me into a non-smoking, teetotal vegan. Now I can run up the stairs, remember doing it, then feast voraciously without feeling guilty.
I live in a little apartment in Lyon, and spend most of my time day-dreaming, and bumping into things.

I've taken down my old book because it's currently under consideration with a publisher - hooray! I've put up a second; it's an alternate history set in Iron-Age Britain three hundred years after Boudica defeated the Romans. I've always wondered what home would be like if that had really happened... Thing is, I wrote the book last year and put it away to simmer; but when I came back to it, it wasn't as good as the book as I had in my head *sigh*
If there are any pre-historians out there who can help me with details, perhaps know of any great reference books I can add to my collection and so improve my book, I'd really appreciate your help. Thank you!

The book cover was created by my award-winning graphic designer of a boyfriend, Fabrice Mazat, and I love it! Thanks Fab *grin*

favourite books

Ever since I stumbled across Tolkien's The Hobbit when I was seven, I've been a devout Fantasy fan. As an older and wiser person, you'd think my tastes and horizons would broaden, but they haven't.
All of Tolkien's works I hold dear, but most especially The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Series.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series.
Robert Rankin's Armageddon Trilogy and Brentford Trilogy.
Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy.
Karen Miller's Godspeaker Trliogy.
Celia Friedman's Feast of Souls.
Susanna Clark's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Trilogy.
Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.
Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase.
Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth.
The list is inexhaustible...

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Legacy of a Warrior Queen

Maria Herring

In 60 CE, Boudica set out to defeat the Roman invaders. She did; and left behind a legacy that changed history.

Samhain eve, three hundred years after the goddess Boudica sent the Roman armies scurrying back to their own lands; in saving another, Arawn of Atrebates kills his sister. In an era dominated by women, there is no man more despised than a sister-slayer. He flees to Gaul and is initiated by the Bagaudas, a rebel group who support Rome's new one true God by killing pagans, and discovers his destiny is to lead them to Rome and bring the priests back to Brython and rid it forever of Boudica's legacy.

Sulis, Warrior-Queen of Cantiaci, a tribe hated by all others for welcoming Julius Caesar onto their lands, fights to unite the tribes to create a single peaceful nation. But she faces fierce opposition, not only from neighbouring tribes, but from among her own people.

Heddgwyn, Arch Druid of Cantiaci, intends to claim the lands for the Druids and reclaim them for the old gods, and for men.

In the shadow of the Blood Moon, the fate of all Brython will be decided.


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I wrote 908 days ago

Hi Phil, I realised when I came back here that I've read, starred and backed your book before! My memory is so rubbish. I can't remember if I commented, but if I did it probably went something like this: This is a cracking read. It's got all the elements of a classic fantasy tale but told with a... view book

I wrote 1035 days ago

This is GREAT! I always knew Henges were magical places, I just knew it! What a fantastic premise for a children's story -is there really a Henge in the Phillipines?- but grown-ups like me will love it too. I'm not a great critiquer but I thought the first chapter was excellent; you make it clear th... view book

I wrote 1086 days ago

Hi Sarah, Love it! What a great retelling of a classic story - and I must admit, I was a teensy bit dubious because Alice in Wonderland was one of my childhood favourites - but you've done an excellent job. I love all the little references to the original too, like the Chemist's cat being called ... view book

I wrote 1090 days ago

Hi Gordon, What an excellent first chapter! The shocking comedy of the nudity tempered with the very real threat of the Inquisition later on worked really well. 17th Century Catholics really had a miserable time of it! I really enjoyed it, but there was one sentence that struck me as odd - "....... view book

I wrote 1091 days ago

Hi Daniel, I've only read the first couple of chapters, but it's very potent. Your description of the dark underworld of drugs has a kind of fantastical element that I found morbidly fascinating...! Good luck with this, Maria. view book

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