You'll take the old Aurelian Road through shore-descending pines
Where, blue as any peacock's neck, the Tyrrhene Ocean shines.
You'll go where laurel crowns are won, but - will you e'er forget
The scent of hawthorn in the sun, or bracken in the wet?
"the roman centurion's song," rudyard kipling
Now that so many people have read Plenilune (and so many people have enjoyed it!), I was given the opportunity of being hosted for some interviews and addressing some questions and thoughts readers have had about the novel. A lot of the thoughts are recurring through people's reviews, so they may coincide with your own! Please join me with Elizabeth Rose on her beautiful blog Living On Literary Lane.
Civil war lies at the center of the novel’s plot. In that vein, have readers expressed surprise or consternation at the violence in the story? What is your stance on literary bloodshed, both in your novels and in others’?"There has been some surprise expressed, which has puzzled me, given the subject matter of the novel. You couldn’t not have violence in the novel, given that is revolves around war, and given the nature of the culture and characters involved. The impact of the novel would be lost and the taste would be spiceless and insipid without physical expression.
"Obviously, I don’t have a problem with bloodshed in writing. Some of the stories we like best are the ones in which people are willing to go to the point of shedding blood (their own and other people’s) for what they hold dear, and it would be an injustice to human sentiment to leave that out of Plenilune. There is a time for peaceableness, but there is also a time for war; I’m surprised that any student of the Scriptures and the history of the war-lords of Israel would find my bloodshed “over the top” or too much to handle, especially as I do steer clear of “gratuitous” violence. When people take issue with the violence that arises due to the war in Plenilune, I am more often perplexed as to the nature of modern fiction today, which would render people shy of my approach to bloodshed."