This future she knows for certain—the great sun city will be her undoing.
Amidst a power struggle between Pharaoh and the priesthood of Amun, Queen Nefertiti helps the ill-prepared new Pharaoh, Amenhotep, enact his father’s plan to regain power for the throne. But what seemed a difficult task only becomes more grueling when Amenhotep loses himself in his radical obsessions.
Standing alone to bear the burden of a failing country and stem the tide of a growing rebellion, Nefertiti must choose between her love for Pharaoh and her duty to Egypt in this dramatic retelling of a story forgotten by time.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Lauren Lee Merewether whose book Salvation in the Sun captivated me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love historical fiction and history but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Lauren Lee Merewether, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Lauren Lee Merewether will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Lauren Lee Merewether!
Lauren Lee Merewether is a historical fiction author who loves to learn about other worlds and civilizations. Bringing the world stories forgotten by time, Lauren lives to breathe new life into lost people as characters who fight wrong with right, love and lose, and hope in times of despair. Her writing has earned finalist designations in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and in the Eric Hoffer Awards – Montaigne Medal as well as five star reviews from ReadersFavorite. Texan through and through, Lauren, no doubt, lives in Texas, with her husband and daughter. When not with them, helping with her church activites, or writing, she can be found painting, baking, bargain shopping or “playing” the Irish Tin Whistle. For more information about Lauren Lee Merewether and pick up a free copy of her debut historical fiction novel,Blood of Toma, please visit www.laurenleemerewether.com
Now, how wonderful does Lauren Lee Merewether sound?! Lauren Lee Merewether is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Lauren Lee Merewether’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Lauren Lee Merewether, I hope that you enjoy Lauren Lee Merewether’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.
Thanks for having me, and I’m excited to be here! My name is Lauren, and my faith, family and friends come first in my life followed by a love of storytelling as a close second. I am married, and we just welcomed a new baby girl into our life! I never knew how much I could love someone at first sight, but she is one of my greatest blessings. I write partially so I can eventually stay at home with her, but my day job is in the exciting world of cyber security. Anyhow, I have loved writing since I was in the third grade. I wrote a page turning novel about a mermaid, a magical pearl and ruthless treasure hunters…but my computer died when Y2K hit and my story was lost forever. Since then, I have learned about the importance of backups HA!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
My latest book is Salvation in the Sun which is the first book of my new series The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles. I watched the National Geographic channel and saw they were consolidating all of King Tut’s tomb treasures. It peaked my interest and decided to do research on the lost Kings of the New Kingdom and eventually I decided to focus on Nefertiti with a draft I had originally entitled I Am Queen Nefertiti. However, it didn’t make sense to not tell the whole story and cover the entire line of forgotten Kings and decided to make it a series called The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles starting with the end of Amenhotep III’s reign and ending with Pharaoh Horemheb who ordered that section of history erased.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Keep writing, and take a course in outlining and audience building because you want to say something important and want people to know about it. I used to “outline” and then take a year or two to write a book (I actually have four books but I took two of them off of the market because they were science fiction, and I wanted to rebrand myself as a historical fiction author.) Now I truly outline and can produce a book in 90 days writing only two-ish hours a day if I stick to my schedule (Salvation in the Sun is proof of that). It is hard balancing family, kids, a full-time job, health issues, and other obligations, but (advice to myself as well) if you are truly serious about writing, make the time. Easier said than done. I took a month off after I wrote Blood of Toma, and it turned into full three years. YIKES! So write everyday. Put on your ‘writing’ clothes as if you were going to work and sit down to plan, outline, and write.
What is your writing process like?
I research different areas of history where we have some fact but still gives me enough mystery to craft my story from what is known. I then do a ton of research on the actual persons who lived, common names that were used in that time period (I love name meanings too), places customs, etc. Then I outline the plot on paper, the computer, whiteboard and post-its on a wall and then cross-reference them all to get the complete picture and make sure it fits within the known facts – if it doesn’t, I change the story. It takes a lot of time, but if I stuck with one medium, I don’t think I would get as many ideas and end up with a flat novel. Then using Scrivener I write my story while making sure my research points are correct and used as I write with their linking feature. I usually write in the evenings after work because I’m used to the computer and I am totally not a morning person. Although when I have written in the mornings, I am much more productive. And if I’m being truly honest, I still have to research something more in depth while writing or editing, but most of my research is done before I even start thinking of plot.
What is the best advice you have ever heard in regards to writing?
Writer’s block is not a condition. Just make yourself write five more words and then walk away GUILT FREE. ~ Jessica Brody (International Bestselling Author)
In my experience, you get unstuck and keep writing after the five words, but if you don’t, then oh well come back to it with no regrets.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I am currently working on Secrets in the Sand (Book Two of The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles), and it is planned for final production and launch next summer. Although my 90 day timeline for writing the rough draft might be somewhat interrupted with me learning to adapt now with a newborn – I’ll need to take my own advice on that one – MAKE TIME. The third book Silence in the Stone should launch in 2020. I hope you enjoy reading the stories as much I enjoyed crafted them for you. As we end, I want to thank everyone for your readership, and a big thank you to Aimee Ann for having me on Red Headed Book Lover!
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Lauren Lee Merewether! If you have liked what you have read about Lauren Lee Merewether and are interested in learning more about Lauren Lee Merewether and reading Lauren Lee Merewether’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,