The Weeping Empress

The idea for this book was born after a night of watching some intellectually limp anime about a good natured young girl was swept away to another land. (There is a tribute to these shameful beginnings in chapter one. Can you find it?) I made some withering comment about how such characters never seem to mind, or miss home. There was laughter and more wine, but later that night I began to think 'what would a normal woman with something to lose do? Thus was born Chiyo Alglaeca.

I was raised bouncing around The States, saw a lot of wonderful lives, grew up, spent an eon in university, and bounced across the Atlantic to continue the adventure. The Weeping Empress is my first novel.

Synopsis: Chiyo Alglaeca was happy in her life. That is, until it was all taken away. Forced into notoriety, stalked by a mysterious cult, hunted by the emperor, and facing betrayal at every turn she clings to the only safety she can find: two enigmatic men and the sharp bringer of death, Salvation. The Weeping Empress explores the devastating effects of loss, the hunt for redemption, and the price of destiny. It questions the true meaning of evil and asks what monster is not also an innocent? Set in fictional Dashkalil, it follows Chiyo and her two companions, Muhjah and Senka, as they tread a treacherous path laid by god herself. Having found herself in a strange new land, scared, and haunted by loss, Chiyo embraces the only option available to her, the life of a warrior. But some things aren't meant to be, no matter how hard you fight for them. Will her anger be enough to see her through?