I have just published in Kindle format my newest fiction project — the fantasy adventure story ROAD TO ZANZICA — with a strong female protagonist who wields a sword. (Read for FREE via Kindle Unlimited.)
The story sprang itself on me when I decided to accept an invitation to write a story on the site Skrawl. And after starting the story, I realized how many influences unknowingly came together in this adventure.
Here is the list I compiled of probable influences:
- The Princess Bride film
- Dark Matter sci-fi TV series
- Killjoys sci-fi TV series
- Masterpiece Theatre’s Poldark historical TV series
- BBC’s Robin Hood TV series (Lady Marian sword fights)
- Lois McMaster Bujold’s 1st Chalion fantasy book
- Georgette Heyer’s historical fiction books
- Jane Austen’s books
- Robert Graves’ nonfiction book The White Goddess
- Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
And there is one more probable influence — the years I watched my daughter Yael Miller fence saber.
Of course, the most important factor is that I always write strong female protagonists, although I am partial to including romance if appropriate.
What I really loved about writing ROAD TO ZANZICA was the opportunity to make up words and concepts. For example, here are my fantasy time concepts:
- star cycle = 13-month cycle (year)
- moon cycle = month
- sabbath cycle = week
- sun cycle = day
- watch cycle = hour
And now that I have published this first fantasy adventure, I am planning subsequent serialized adventures in the Road to Zanzica series:
- Sojourn in Zanzica
- Stopover in Wagreth
- Journey to Machal
- Quest to Sorca
Click here to read the beginning of this story on Amazon via “Look Inside” and, if the story appeals to you, I hope you’ll buy it (or borrow it via Kindle Unlimited) and tell your friends.
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller (@ZimblerMiller) has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including HOW TO SUCCEED IN HIGH SCHOOL AND PREP FOR COLLEGE and the romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY, as well as books not yet published. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org