Traci Robison

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Author of Historic Dark Fantasy

4 Ways Art Inspires Writing

This weekend you have an assignment. Grab a pen and notebook, go to your local art museum, and soak in the inspiration. How could you not, right? After all, museums are a reservoir of works from nationally renowned painters, sculptors, and artists, as well as pieces...

In the Eyes of a Son

I looked past Sethre to the sweeping storm as Velthr began our liturgy. The words passed through my lips without thought or feeling. In cadence and tone, flawless, they were wasted breath.   “Ati lies dying,” was my singular thought. Excerpt from Gates the Hours Keep...

Researching the High Middle Ages

At this time I'm researching my next novel Risen: Tales of Malstria. One of the books I'm reading right now is The High Middle Ages: 1000-1300. It's an interesting book that illustrates how political and economic life changed in the 11th Century, and how...

The Truth About Gargoyles

When you think of gargoyles you might imagine gothic cathedrals from medieval Europe. And you wouldn't be wrong. Gargoyles, having often times been built of stone, adorned many medieval structures and perhaps the most famous of all of them is Notre Dame de Paris....

Adopt a Book

I don't buy books I adopt and love them If you're looking for a book to adopt, you should look at my Tales of Malstria series. A Part Of The Funny Friday Series...

Selot’s Tale

I found this book to be very original in the genre of fantasy; really well written; great setting; unpredictable. I'm curious to know where the story takes us after this. Not the usual fantasy drivel. In a small marquisate, on the untouched peak of its highest...

A 4,000 Year-Old Love Poem

On this Valentines Day I'd love to share with you the oldest love poem over found. Take notes if you want to impress! Bridegroom, dear to my heart, Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet, Lion, dear to my heart, Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet,   Bridegroom,...

4 Ways Travel Inspires Writing

Pack you bags and join me on an adventure of a lifetime! To combat the "writer's block blues" splurge a little and experience something new and exciting. Don't worry though . . . inspiration through travel doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. You can customize...

A Look at Etruscan Religion

Raising the egg above his head, Velthr presented it to the east, the north, the west, the south. Over the altar he towered, his conical cap stretching his broad silhouette to a giant’s. His size seemed a joke of the gods, for he was in all other respects a...

Thrilled to Join a Book Club

I've never joined a book club before, and I've got to tell you, I couldn't be more excited. At this time, the book club is limited to my co-workers (Sara and Katie). They are ideal people to talk about books because, like me, they're not too serious. To say we laugh a...

The Unfortunate Life of Medusa

Medusa was once a priestess, serving the goddess Athena. Because of her striking beauty and golden hair, she was the envy of many men--but none could have her as she was sworn to celibacy. Unfortunately for Medusa, her immense beauty caught the eye of Poseidon. After...

The Hidden Dangers of Reading

I just can't fall asleep, and I've tried everything Except close my book You won't be able to stop turning pages when you read my Tales of Malstria series. A Part Of The Funny Friday Series...

Free the Darkness

I really enjoyed reading "Free the Darkness." Never knowing what Rezkin was going to do next pretty much kept the pages turning for me ... he was my favorite. The storyline was well written and descriptive that I could picture every scene in my mind while reading this...

Medieval Times in Technicolor

Walk down any street, look at any magazine, or flip on your TV and you'll be dazzled by a multitude of brightly lit colors. You almost can't escape it, but why would you want to. Such amazing colors help our senses pop with delight. Yet, when most people...

Supercharge Your Writing Watching TV

Are you struggling with writing a scene or a chapter in your next book? If so, maybe you just need a small inspirational boost--maybe you just need to watch some TV. Yup, you heard me right . . . you can watch TV to help your book evolve into a more polished product....

Introducing Leures Vethna

We four framed the oblong altar knowing we’d be drenched. Sethre glanced at me from across the tufa slab; then, slid his gaze to Marce and Velthr. Red-streaked and watering, Sethre’s dark eyes shifted in their swollen sockets and gave him the aspect of a creature...

Guilty Pleasures

This winter, I've been playing a bit of Dragon Age: Inquisition during my down time. I think I'm becoming a bit of a gamer. I've very much enjoyed the storytelling so far. Much like any good book, it has it's emotional ups and downs and surprising twists...

Ancient Lore of Cerberus

What's worse than a hellhound? I would dare argue a hellhound with three heads is undoubtably three times more terrifying. The math seems to, I think, add up anyways. Cerberus' primary job was to stand guard over the entrance to the Underworld While it's three heads...

Poor Punctuation Destroys Sentences

A woman without her man, is nothing. Oh, what a difference punctuation can make A woman: without her, man is nothing. If you like correct use of punctuation you'll love Tales of Malstria by Traci Robison. A Part Of The Funny Friday Series...

It

One of King's best! Even after nearly forty years, "IT" still is one of the best of the modern horror books out there. King does a masterful job of leading the reader back and forth from past to present as he unravels the story of the evil underlying the town of...

The Unknown Truth of Knighthood

Being a knight is a highly romanticized idea. But the process is much more than having a king tap you on the shoulder with a sword. Much of what we know today about how squires  are knighted comes from the Book of the Order of Chivalry, written by Ramon...

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Dark Historic Fantasy Author Traci Robison

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Traci Robison

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