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Amy Maroney

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Amy Maroney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She studied English literature at Boston University and public policy at Portland State University, and spent many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction. When she’s not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, traveling, dancing, and reading. She is the author of the Miramonde Series and the Sea and Stone Chronicles.

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Amy Maroney Being able to do creative work and share it with readers is the best thing about being a writer.
Amy Maroney I worked for many years as a writer of nonfiction, and when there is a deadline looming, a writer must write. So I did. Even if I wasn't "feeling it",…moreI worked for many years as a writer of nonfiction, and when there is a deadline looming, a writer must write. So I did. Even if I wasn't "feeling it", even if I knew my muse was on strike, I had to get the words on the page and turn in my drafts. This was great training for fiction writing. On hard days, I make a deal with myself: Just write XXX number of words. They may well be the worst words you ever write. That's OK. Just write them. Tomorrow you can fix them or toss them or stare at them in horror or laugh at them. But today, just get them on the page.(less)
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Queen Charlotta of Cyprus

In my previous history hunter’s report on the treacherous medieval court of Cyprus, I laid out the history behind the Lusignan Kings, a French dynasty that ruled the kingdom of Cyprus, Jerusalem, and Armenia from the middle ages until the end of the fifteenth century. (They ruled Jerusalem and Armenia in title only, not lands). […]

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“I live in the now. The past is history. Tomorrow’s a mystery. Today is a gift...” “...That’s why we call it the present.”
Amy Maroney, Mira's Way

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
Mary Oliver

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
Nicolas Chamfort

“If it were customary to send little girls to school and teach them the same subjects as are taught to boys, they would learn just as fully and would understand the subtleties of all arts and sciences.”
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“[The wives of powerful noblemen] must be highly knowledgeable about government, and wise – in fact, far wiser than most other such women in power. The knowledge of a baroness must be so comprehensive that she can understand everything. Of her a philosopher might have said: "No one is wise who does not know some part of everything." Moreover, she must have the courage of a man. This means that she should not be brought up overmuch among women nor should she be indulged in extensive and feminine pampering. Why do I say that? If barons wish to be honoured as they deserve, they spend very little time in their manors and on their own lands. Going to war, attending their prince's court, and traveling are the three primary duties of such a lord. So the lady, his companion, must represent him at home during his absences. Although her husband is served by bailiffs, provosts, rent collectors, and land governors, she must govern them all. To do this according to her right she must conduct herself with such wisdom that she will be both feared and loved. As we have said before, the best possible fear comes from love.

When wronged, her men must be able to turn to her for refuge. She must be so skilled and flexible that in each case she can respond suitably. Therefore, she must be knowledgeable in the mores of her locality and instructed in its usages, rights, and customs. She must be a good speaker, proud when pride is needed; circumspect with the scornful, surly, or rebellious; and charitably gentle and humble toward her good, obedient subjects. With the counsellors of her lord and with the advice of elder wise men, she ought to work directly with her people. No one should ever be able to say of her that she acts merely to have her own way. Again, she should have a man's heart. She must know the laws of arms and all things pertaining to warfare, ever prepared to command her men if there is need of it. She has to know both assault and defence tactics to insure that her fortresses are well defended, if she has any expectation of attack or believes she must initiate military action. Testing her men, she will discover their qualities of courage and determination before overly trusting them. She must know the number and strength of her men to gauge accurately her resources, so that she never will have to trust vain or feeble promises. Calculating what force she is capable of providing before her lord arrives with reinforcements, she also must know the financial resources she could call upon to sustain military action.

She should avoid oppressing her men, since this is the surest way to incur their hatred. She can best cultivate their loyalty by speaking boldly and consistently to them, according to her council, not giving one reason today and another tomorrow. Speaking words of good courage to her men-at-arms as well as to her other retainers, she will urge them to loyalty and their best efforts.”
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