Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Guest Blog: Kelley Heckart: Research Isn't as Boring as I Thought!
When researching for Daughter of Night, a historical fantasy romance set in ancient Crete and Anatolia, I discovered that the palace in Knossos, Crete had one of the first flushing toilets. This was in 3000 BC. I also discovered that the Hittites in Anatolia, a civilization that flourished from 1600-1200 BC rivaled the Egyptians and Babylonians in wealth and power. They also built advanced cities with clay water pipe systems and grand temples for their gods. The Hittites (Hatti) were the first people to smelt superior iron. I had never even heard of these people until I did the research.
What really excites me is when I discover something that works with my story. This has happened to me more than once and it’s kind of magical in a way to think of a plot line that really happened. For Daughter of Night, I needed a way for the Hittites to come to a mysterious end. In reality, when they battled the Egyptians, some of the Egyptians that were taken prisoner carried a plague that wiped out the Hittite people. In my story this plague happens as a result of the superior iron they smelted—it was cursed.
I realize how nerdy I am, but I can’t help it. I really enjoy picking through textbooks and searching the Internet to research a book I am writing. For me, research is like looking for buried treasure.
Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Blurb for Daughter of Night:
Their destiny began in ancient Anatolia.
Becuille is a Daughter of Night and a servant to the Great Goddess, created to wield Her vengeance. Callileon is a prince of the Hatti, who may be the one she was sent to punish.
When love finds them, they are cursed by the gods and surrounded by tragedy, which even the Fates are powerless to change.
Can two mortals fight the will of the gods?
Multi-published Arizona author Kelley Heckart brings to life long ago places filled with warriors, bold women, magic, otherworldly creatures and romance. When not writing, she works as an editor/proofreader and practices target archery.