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James Conroyd Martin

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in Philadelphia, The United States
June 10




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July 2009


Ah, Fate~
The seed for "Fortune's Child" started some years ago when I was taking an Art Appreciation course at a community college in Los Angeles. One day we were studying the exquisite mosaics of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora from the Basilica di San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, and the professor pointed to Theodora and said, “I’m not a writer, but if I were, that is the woman I would write about.”
Little did he know what he had unloosed.

What a fascinating woman, frailties and all! She could have been the prototype for Eva Peron. I started the novel right then and there; however, life and other books got in the way.

But Fortune's Child has finally found her way.
Fate goes ever as it must.

I am also the author of THE POLAND TRILOGY,

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James Conroyd Martin Hi, Tom,
Ancestry.com says I have a bit of central European blood that inches over into Poland. Quite a bit of Irish, English, and Nordic make up most…more
Hi, Tom,
Ancestry.com says I have a bit of central European blood that inches over into Poland. Quite a bit of Irish, English, and Nordic make up most of the rest. I started researching in libraries long before the internet happened. Also, I had the inspiration and primary source of a diary that had been handed down in the family of a friend, who translated it from the Polish. Thanks for writing, Tom!
James Conroyd Martin
No Desafortunadamente. Gracias por tu interés. Lamento llegar tarde a la hora de responder.
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Theodora Has Launched!

Theodora of sixth century Constantinople and empress of the civilized world could have been the prototype of Eva Peron is so many ways. From a very young age, Theodora, daughter of a circus bearkeeper, sets her sights well above her station in life. Her exquisite beauty sets her apart on stages and in the eyes of men.
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Candace James,
Thanks for the friend invite.
Happy Reading & Successful Writing,

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James Martin Beth wrote: "Hi James,
Thanks for befriending this fellow writer on Goodreads!
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You're welcome, Beth. Still rather unsure how to navigate around here. Hope to spend some time here when the school year is over. Best, Jim

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Beth Hi James,
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