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Section 2: RUBIES OF THE VIPER gives insights into the historical characters—Nero, Otho (on the coin), Poppaea Sabina (at right), and the Flavians: Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, and Flavia Domitilla—and the fictional characters—Theodosia, Alexander, Stefan, Nizzo, and Lucilla—who populate my novel. There’s also a map of places in the book (95 KB PDF), which will help you visualize where the story takes place.
Section 3: WRITING CHALLENGES discusses issues that arise in the course of writing historical fiction, problems to be solved, etc. Writers deal with people from long ago (Real People in Historical Fiction) and have to get their ancient speech right (Avoiding Jabberwocky and So… How Would They Talk?)
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