It always starts with a setting…

…into which a character walks or rows or drives or ? and begins an action.

So it was with Caterina Zanchi, who found herself at age four inside the San Zaccaria Convent in 1613 Venezia, her father having deposited her there when her mother, bereft at another daughter’s death, was unable to care for the girl. 

That setting, along with Mary Laven’s amazing research in VIRGINS OF VENICE, jump-started my novel THIRST, which I’ve just wrapped up and am eager to share with readers of historical fiction and all matters Venetian.

Even as I write this entry, the womb-like waters of the Venetian Lagoon rock me like a cradle and draw me into the Serenissima, its comforts and its dangers equally intriguing.

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