Category Archives: Vijaya Schartz

Finding inspiration in mythology – by Vijaya Schartz

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke All science fiction authors struggle to make their stories believable, because most of us only believe what we can explain and understand. Anything else is considered fantasy. And while … Continue reading

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The English language is under stress – by Vijaya Schartz

The conversation, on some Facebook groups for authors this month, turned to common mistakes in English grammar. As a wordsmith, I cringe at typos, misspellings, and grammar blunders in professional books. And I’m talking about simple mistakes, not wrong tenses, … Continue reading

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WARRIOR WOMEN part 3 – 16th Century to today – by Vijaya Schartz

Amina, Warrior Queen of Zaria (1588-1589)Amina was queen in a part of Nigeria now known as Zaria, where women could inherit the throne on an even keel with men. Many city states dominated trans-Saharan trade after the collapse of the … Continue reading

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Warrior Women of the Dark and Middle Ages – by Vijaya Schartz

Queen Boadicea or Boudicca of Roman Britain Early on, Boudicca was publicly flogged by the Roman occupants for claiming her father’s crown and lands, and treated like a slave despite her rank. Then she was forced to watch the rape … Continue reading

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French influence in the English language – by Vijaya Schartz

According to Merriam Webster, there are over 7,000 French words today in the English language. The pronunciation and spelling might differ slightly, but they are plainly recognizable.  So many familiar words in the English language are French, like: attache, avant-garde, aviation, … Continue reading

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How many books should there be in a series – by Vijaya Schartz

 I wrote many series, some as short as two books (the Archangel twin books), others as long as eight novels (like the CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE, based on Celtic legends). New authors, and sometimes readers, ask me how long … Continue reading

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Byzantium book 3 – Malaika’s Secret, is out – by Vijaya Schartz

Find it everywhere online, ebook and paperback at: Special Agent Tyler Conrad works security undercover on the Byzantium Space Station and adheres to a strict moral code. When strange beings with wings are murdered, and a dangerous lion wanders … Continue reading

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Coping with confinement – by Vijaya Schartz

Stuck at home? Listening to the news with growing anxiety? Dealing with confinement and social distancing, while worrying about your income or losing your 401K, can push our stress to intolerable levels. Here are a few of my stress relieving … Continue reading

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American holiday culture – by Vijaya Schartz

Edouard Herriot famously said that culture is what remains when one has forgotten everything. Culture in the French vocabulary of the period meant learning and knowledge, but the saying is also true in today’s extended meaning of the word.   … Continue reading

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ANGEL FIERCE is a winner – by Vijaya Schartz

  I am overjoyed. ANGEL FIERCE just won 1st Place in the ARIZONA LITERARY AWARDS 2019, in the Published Fiction category. Although my books won several awards over the years, this one is meaningful. It’s not a popularity contest, or the … Continue reading

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