Great Summer Reads Event: The Zenobia Series by Russ Wallace (Author Interview & #Giveaway)

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Zenobia: Birth of a Legend
(Zenobia #1)
By Russ Wallace
YA, Adult Historical
Hardcover & ebook, 362 Pages
June 15th 2011 by Geode Press


In the 3rd century, a girl of uncommon abilities was born in the desert wilderness of Syria. Rescued from death by her courageous mother, Zenobia masqueraded as a boy to stay alive. She grew up to become one of the toughest, deadliest women who ever lived.

The first book in the series traces Zenobia’s life from age nine to fifteen, setting the stage for her amazing rise to power. It includes the beginnings of her legend and her budding romances.

Facts About the Author

1. What is your favorite book that is not yours?

Russ’s favorite book is the Bible.

2. How young were you when you started writing?

Russ started writing in the 6th grade.

3. If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?

Russ would like to talk with author Margaret Mitchell about being an unknown author to having her book being adapted into the most popular movie ever made.

4. How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?

Book two, Zenobia - Challenging a Legend took 3 years to write. Zenobia - Birth of a Legend Russ’s first book took much longer.

5. What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?

Favorite thing to do in the summertime is read.

Author Interview

1. What inspired your book?

A Watchtower article back in 1999 originally triggered my interest, where a poet referred to Zenobia as “The dark-haired mistress of the Syrian wild.”

2. How do you spend your free time?

Reading history books and novels, studying the bible, playing chess, bridge, and watching movies.

3. What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing?

Writers block. And how do you defeat it? I reread already written scenes to stimulate my imagination.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

To hate the enslavement of our fellow humans.

5. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I learned to love fiction books even as a young child, because my mother read to my sister and I a lot. In 6th grade school I wrote some Sci-fi, which my classmates generally liked. But for some reason, which I can’t explain, I never wrote seriously. The first book I began writing was Deluge, a novel about Noah, his family, the pre-Flood world, and the Flood itself. I do intend to finish it eventually. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend was my first published novel.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write about things you love.

Other Books in the Series

Zenobia: Challenging a Legend
(Zenobia #2)
By Russ Wallace
YA, Adult Historical
Hardcover & ebook, 512 Pages
November 14th 2015 by Geode Press


Sequel to the award-winning Zenobia - Birth of a Legend.

The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia's life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge - he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?

Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge - to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.

About the Author

Russ Wallace is a long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia - Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

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