Please give a warm welcome to author, Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney. Mandy is going to tell us all about the inspirations behind her latest book…
Asha In Time
One moment she was just an average little girl: playing with her toys; receiving her schooling; getting ready to celebrate the 13th birthday that would launch her fully into her teen years. In the next moment she was an ancient Egyptian priestess, songstress, and love interest of the heir apparent- Ramses the Great. She could never go back, but somehow, some way she'd have to go forward among the intrigue and rough waters of cutthroat Egyptian politics. For this teen, it was become queen or die trying.
Asha in Time was such a work of love for me. It encompasses all the nerdy, enjoyable research that I'd been unknowingly doing my entire life. You know that girl who, at museums, heard someone say something like, “Look dear, this male mummy seems short,” and comes over to point out in a rather irritating museum-y tone that, “Actually, Egyptians were shorter as a people than we are. He was probably a fairly average fellow.”
True story, that's me.
Specifically the idea for Asha in Time, especially for the main character Isetnofret, came from reading two books from separate authors which paint her in a pretty villainous light. I loved one of the books (it still holds a place of honor on my favorites shelf) but wanted to give this poor girl some of her honor back. We only know two things about Isetnofret; her name and that she was married to Ramses. Everything else has been lost to the sands.
We do know a ton more about Nefertari, Ramses’ first Great Wife. Yet just because Ramses clearly dearly loved Nefertari, that doesn't mean Isetnofret had to be a terrible woman. Marriage, especially the way royals did it in Egypt and in many other historic populates , was quite a different institution than the way we practice it today. I wanted to explore all those differences, shed light on all those unknowns. I hope I succeeded.
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About the author
Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney wrote her debut paranormal romance novel, Autumnal Dancer, when she was 20 years old. She quickly followed that up with Asha in Time. In her free time Mandy writes about the dangers of parenting (projectile body fluids, going to work on two hours of sleep, raising two headstrong children who can talk back in foreign languages) and manages a group of very dedicated volunteers. To see what Mandy is working on next visit her at mnmaloney.wordpress.com.