The Roman Massacre from The Smoke In Shadows

I like to use historical details as a background for the stories I write. In The Smoke in Shadows, a Roman ambush is a major plot element. It's based on an actual event that took place several centuries before Darius' ambush, and in Germany, not in Northern Italy. I found the account in an article …

Pollo Alle Melograne–Chicken with Pomegranates

I'm a big fan of creating atmosphere through the use of description and details--the experts tell you this is "adding context." Characters don't just stand around talking in a vacuum--they are someplace. As readers, we want to see, taste, hear, feel that someplace and have a similar emotional experience as our characters. That includes all …