Gnaeus Julius Agricola
to the concul Suetonius Paulinus
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
His true name is…
Gnaeus Julius Luci filius Aniensis Agricola Foro Julii
(Seriously, this is his full name)
Yep, he is definitely a true historic person. In fact, his son-in-law Cornelius Tacitus wrote a biography on Agricola’s life.
When and where is the story set?
Red Fury Revolt (Book one of the Agricola Series) takes place in Britannia A.D. 60, when the Iceni queen Boudica revolts against Rome’s control of their lands and their lives, when she destroys three major Roman cities and is intent on running the legions back to Rome.
What should we know about him/her?
Julius Agricola was present during the revolt of Iceni tribe led by Boudica. He returned to Britannia as legate/commander to the XXth Legion Valeria, and six times as consul/governor. Now my question was why did such a distinguished senator of Rome return time after time to Britannia-the armpit province of the Roman Empire. I think I know and it all begins in my first book of his series.
What is the main conflict?
Boudica isn’t the only one revolting over Rome’s control of their lives. Julius also revolts, when his mother, uncle, the consul Suetonius Paulinus refuse to accept that he loves Boudica’s daughter, Rhianna, and choses her over his betrothed Domitia Decidana. The poor boy is trapped between his love for Rhianna and his love for Rome.
What messes up his/her life?
You see, history says that both of Boudica’s daughters were raped by the Romans. But were they? What if one daughter/Rhianna is protected by a Roman tribune/Julius, because he does not respect what the procurator is allowing? What if he falls in love with her? And what if she is kidnapped from him by her betrothed? Now Rhianna and Julius must experience both sides of this revolt and must deal with their own reasons for wanting to revolt.
What is the personal goal of the character?
‘As long as you wear this, my soul will be yours.”
After stating those words, Rhianna gives Julius her Iceni pendant. He refuses to take her pendant off or so much as let anyone touch it. Not until he has what he wants. For now, he only wants Rhianna as his wife.
Is there a working title for this noel and can we read more about it?
Red Fury Revolt is the title . An excerpt is on my website J F Ridgley
When can we expect the book to be published?
Late summer or early fall of 2014. So stay tuned.
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