News: THE SILK TREE to be published in November!
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Exciting news! This year, as well as the next book in the ongoing Kydd series, PASHA (coming out in October), I’m bringing out another historical action-adventure novel, THE SILK TREE.
The story begins in 549 AD. After escaping the sack of Rome with little more than their lives, two adventurers, Nicodorus of Leptis Magna and Quintus Carus Marius, are thrown together in Byzantium. They conceive of a desperate plan, daring all, to travel to legendary Sinae to steal the secret of silk from China.
Rooted in the historical record, this is an epic quest across an immense and hostile geographical canvas. It is also a tale of friendship and courage; myth and love.
So how did this book come about? On location research in Istanbul Kathy discovered a rather lovely silk scarf in the Grand Bazaar. While she was chatting to the merchant I idly wondered just how it was that silk was brought from China to the West. Intrigued, I did some research and the creative juices started flowing – I knew I had another story I had to tell …
It’s been hard work balancing two writing schedules but I’m thrilled that the British publisher Allison & Busby shares my enthusiasm for the story and are bringing out THE SILK TREE in November in hardback and ebook.
More on THE SILK TREE in upcoming blogs…