Saturday, February 11, 2012

Asenath, Anna Patricio


Anna Patricio is a lover of ancient history, with a particular
interest in Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. She is also intrigued by
the Ancient Near East, though she has not delved too much into it but
hopes to one day.

She undertook formal studies in Ancient History at Macquarie
University. She focused mostly on Egyptology and Jewish-Christian
Studies, alongside a couple of Greco-Roman units, and one on
Archaeology. Though she knew there were very limited job openings for
ancient history graduates, she pursued her degree anyway as it was
something she had always been passionate about.

Then, about a year after her graduation, the idea to tackle historical
fiction appeared in her head, and she began happily pounding away on
her laptop. ASENATH is her first novel.

Recently, she traveled to Lower Egypt (specifically Cairo and the
Sinai), Israel, and Jordan. She plans to return to Egypt soon, and see
more of it. In the past, she has also been to Athens and Rome.

Anna is currently working on a second novel, which still takes place
in Ancient Egypt, but hundreds of years after ASENATH.

Product description:

Two Destinies...One Journey of Love

In a humble fishing village on the shores of the Nile lives Asenath, a
fisherman's daughter who has everything she could want. Until her
perfect world is shattered.

When a warring jungle tribe ransacks the village and kidnaps her,
separating her from her parents, she is forced to live as a slave. And
she begins a journey that will culminate in the meeting of a handsome
and kind steward named Joseph.

Like her, Joseph was taken away from his home, and it is in him that
Asenath comes to find solace…and love. But just as they are beginning
to form a bond, Joseph is betrayed by his master’s wife and thrown
into prison.

Is Asenath doomed to a lifetime of losing everything and everyone she loves?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

It is a different type of historical and Biblical fiction, as it
focuses on a very obscure character: Asenath, the wife of Joseph of
the multicoloured coat fame. Many people did not know that Joseph got
married, and this is probably because Asenath is mentioned very
briefly in Genesis.
I thus sought to imagine what her life might have been like, and how
Joseph's story unfolded through her eyes.
This is a combination of drama and romance, inspired by novels such as
'Jane Eyre' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha. ' Additionally, this is set in
one of the most exciting historical places and eras: Ancient Egypt.

Q: Why did you go indie?

I sent queries to several literary agents. Some requested for a
partial, but to this day, I have not heard back from them. I have long
crossed them off as non-responders - not interested, no reply.
When my agent search turned out fruitless, I then began subbing to
small / indie presses. And I landed a contract with Imajin Books, who
I am very happy with. They allowed me to have a say in everything -
the book blurb, cover art, and even the trailer.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Wilbur Smith and Pauline Gedge for historical fiction; Alex G Chappell
and Gilbert Morris in Biblical fiction.

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