Q and A with Caroline Ludovici (photo by kind permission of King of Prussia Patch).
Q-Why did you write The Obsidian Mask? A-Because I was sick of Sci-Fi and fantasy, and there is absolutely nothing on the shelves for tweens/teens with anything to do with real history and archaeology.
Q- How would you describe the books? A- Refreshingly different, down to earth, believable adventures set on locations around international archaeological digs.
Q- What was your aim in writing this series? A- To offer something the reader can believe and learn a little that might even spark an interest in ancient history that hadn't been there before.
Q-Where is The Obsidian Mask set? A- On a dig in southern Iraq. I have ignored the war completely, it's just about the opening of an ancient warrior Queen's tomb, her story, and the people who want to preserve her memory, and others who want to steal her death mask.
Q- Who are the main characters? A- Marcello, renowned Italian archaeologist, his two teens. Julia, English woman who works with him, and her two teens.
Q- Are there any bad guys? A- Yes. It will surprise you...
Q-is the sequel connected to the first book? A- It is about the same family, different archaeological dig. It's what happens next. there is an underlying story that continues throughout the books, but each book can be read as a stand alone story.
Q-Is there any romance in the books? A- Yes, but it isn't soppy. In fact it's the cause of some attitude from the English girl who suspects Marcello and her mother are romantically involved. She also has to cope with a first crush.
Q- Why Southern Iraq? A- It seemed like the best place to start.. the cradle of civilization. I want readers to know something else about Iraq other than the war. We owe so much to the Mesopotamians. So little is taught in school, if nothing, about their ingenuity, forward thinking civilization. I thought it time to show them life didnt start 200,000 years ago, like most kids seem to believe. This Queen was living 3,000 BCE, and has a sophisticated, well run city.I wanted to show how a city of this calibre would turn to dust.
Q-So how did it turn to dust? A- LOL! You'll have to read the book!
Conatct Caroline Ludovici at firstname.lastname@example.org