Bryn hasn’t much to say about herself. Ask her about her book. Nor does she often talk in third person... you know I wrote this, right? They tell you to do these bios in third person.
I’ve lived a purposely dull life, in order to concentrate on fiction. It’s true your life seeps into your fiction, but in outrageously escalated ways. For example, Temujin on Bagtor came out of this guy at work once. In real life I didn’t murder him, yet I had the steps of the psychology. I wish I’d lived a life like my hero Dostoyevsky, but instead I’ve spent my time lost in Dostoyevsky. Or in speculative fiction or in medieval romance (I mean romances in the old sense. We might call them fantasy).
I think I first met Turks in Anna Comnena. Her Turks at Byzantium’s walls I found highly romantic, and I’m proud to say I still have a notebook from my teenaged years with lists of Turkish words – and a mention, among books to explore, of the Secret History of the Mongols. Why I then took twenty years to do so I don’t know, but I’m glad. Maybe I pottered in those years. In hindsight, though, they feel like an apprenticeship – while I wrote sf with a Mongol pope and aliens, titled in homage to Gibbon’s Decline and Fall. I was a devout if undisciplined writer who never finished a novel. Now I’ve finished two of six and seven hundred pages, and I attribute that to my material. It’s dream material and there ought to be more novels from the Secret History of the Mongols.
#1 Of Battles Past
#2 When I am King
Amgalant One: The Old Ideal is these together
#3 Me and Atrocity
#4 The Sheep from the Goats
Amgalant Two: Tribal Brawls is these together
As for the usual facts, I'm an Australian Pom and a happy single.