Thank you for joining us, Markie! First thing’s first! Introduce yourself! Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
Hi, I’m Markie Madden. I’m a married mother of two and a cancer survivor. When I got sick in 2014, I couldn’t work. So, I turned back to my love of writing.
I’ve been writing since the 4th grade and wrote my first full-length book in high school. It was my first published book, Once Upon a Western Way, published in e-book in 2012. It’s had a rewrite and new cover and is now available as Clash of Times: The Quest.
It’s a little fantasy, a little steampunk, and a lot of steamy romance!
I’ve also published 4 books in my crime/paranormal #UndeadUnit series set 100 years in the future. These books are Fang and Claw, Souls of the Reaper, Blood Lust, and Siren Song.
The Pharaoh’s Destiny is my first historical romance, and the first book in a trilogy centered around 3 important women in Egypt’s history. The first book follows the life of Hatshepsut, the first woman to claim the title of Pharaoh. But, it’s alternate history, too, for Hatshepsut makes sure that all the Pharaohs after her are women.
I also have a short horse care guide (an Amazon #1 best seller in free books) called Keeping A Backyard Horse, and my memoir, the story of my battle with cancer, called My Butterfly Cancer.
Wow! That’s amazing. You’re quite a prolific writer and such an inspiration!
The Pharaoh’s Destiny certainly sounds very intriguing. What inspired you to write it?
Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me, and Hatshepsut is probably the very first famous woman in known history. I felt her story grab me and I had to write it!
Many times, there’s a substantial amount of research behind books, particularly historical fiction or alternate history. How did that aspect of the writing process play out for you? What difficulties did you encounter when researching?
I loved it! In preparation for this book, I actually took one of those free college courses on Egyptian history. I enjoyed the course so much, and it turned out one of my instructors’ site a book about Hatshepsut’s life.
Sounds fun! Would you say you enjoyed the preparation stages more? Were they any easier or more difficult than actually writing the book?
Writing the book was more difficult than most of my others. I wanted to present an accurate account of the way of life, even though I changed a bit of the history to an alternate ending. But as far as the food they ate, the manner in which they lived, I tried to remain true.
Because of the difficulty with names and certain words, I included a glossary and a pronunciation guide to further enrich the reading experience.
Thank you for being so considerate! That’s very thoughtful of you to put in some extra effort to further engage your readers.
I know how I feel when I can’t pronounce a character’s name!
Many writers are also avid readers. Do you consider yourself primarily a writer or a reader, as well?
I’m an avid reader, too, like most authors. My favorite books are the Clan of the Cave Bear series, anything by JD Robb, Patricia Cornwall, or Kay Hooper.
Do you find yourself generally writing the same genres you read? Or are they distinct?
I do read a lot of crime. But I spent half my life in law enforcement, so I guess it’s only natural that I started writing a crime series.
How interesting! Do you feel writing crime is different from writing other genres, given you have extensive experience in the field?
Crime can touch on subjects uncomfortable to some, such as assault or murder. But, those things do happen in our world, and writing about them increases awareness.
Do you feel, on a similar level, that there’s a need to increase awareness about Hatshepsut and her story?
She is a misunderstood historical figure, one we could learn from.
In what sense would you consider her misunderstood? What lessons do you think we could learn from her?
She led the country in a prosperous time, even though it was not “normal” for a woman to be king. After her death, many of her monuments depicting her as a king were removed or defaced. Those depicting her as just a queen were left alone. It wasn’t “proper” for her to rule. Then again, 100 years ago, it wasn’t proper for women to wear slacks or pants. Hatshepsut is an inspiration to those who aspire to break the mold of their gender.
How do you feel you, in a sense, engaged with her story on a creative level, and how did Hatshepsut’s going against the status quo influence your writing or your very self, if at all?
Historically, royal women of Egypt are meant only to marry the king, and were never allowed to marry anyone else if their king should die. But, history speaks of the possibility that Hatshepsut had a relationship after her husband died, though no one can confirm this. The story started out being a straight historical. The romance part was a complete surprise to me! I guess Hatshepsut didn’t want to go through life alone.
It’s crazy how our writing sometimes takes us to unexpected places!
Yes, it really is! I often speak of my characters like they’re real people who talk to me. Because often, they do.
It’s interesting that you say that, since I, personally, often struggle to connect with characters from different time periods. Did you experience any cultural, temporal, or spatial barriers when writing your characters?
Well, writing ancient history was certainly a culture shock! Especially since I went from it to the 5th book in my crime series, which is also set in Egypt, only 100 years from now!
What advice would you give to other authors who are also writing books across several generations?
Do the research, especially if you’re wanting to really nail the authenticity. Yes, research can, at times, be boring, but it’s necessary for a great story.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about yourself, your books, or writing in general?
I love hearing from readers, so follow those links and stalk me! Also, the first book in my crime/paranormal series is now free across all e-book retailers, so it’s a great way to get to know my writing. The Amazon link for that one is: http://geni.us/4BBh
Marvelous! Thank you so much, Markie, for sharing your wisdom and insight with us!
You can find Markie Madden online at the following sites:
Social Media Links:
Official Website: https://metamorphpublishing.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/markiemaddenauthor/
The Pharaoh Queens Trilogy Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pharaohqueenstrilogy/
The Undead Unit Series Home Page: https://metamorphpublishing.com/the-undead-unit-series/
The Undead Unit Series Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/undeadunitseries/
Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/booksbymarkie
For The Pharaoh’s Destiny: