C. Z. Edwards


C. Z. is a writer in Boulder, Colorado. She can often be found on Twitter, snarking about fashion, posting kitty pics, and word counts. She is a fan of the Oxford comma, epic fantasy, The West Wing, and cinnamon.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Rebellion cycle started with two thoughts: What if Pompeii, in 79 CE, had been the worst Mt Vesuvius is capable of doing? If that eruption had been an order of magnitude worse, it would have destroyed Rome, and most of what’s now Southern France and Italy. The entire Mediterranean would have been upended. And that means the Roman Empire ended 400 years early. Which destroys Christianity, and disrupts all of the trade and communication routes, while leaving a few outposts in Britannia and Germania. What does Europe look like several centuries later?

The second thought was about the fragility of governments, especially at moments of succession. Two female monarchs, who ruled in their own names, overlap each other from 1205 - 1213: Tamar of Georgia, and Raziya Sultana, who ruled the Delhi Sultanate. Both of their fathers intended for them to succeed them; both trained their daughters to be the monarch. Tamar’s father elevated her while he lived, and she was co-regnant with him for six years, at which point she had to put down insurrection because men couldn’t cope. Raziya’s father did not elevate her, but did leave her as his heir and successor. She, too, faced men who could not cope. We know Tamar was one of the most revered and respected leaders in Europe and Asia during her reign. By all accounts, Raziya Sultana was Tamar’s equal. I wanted them both to have a happy ending, because they deserved better than how the men of their time treated them.
When did you first start writing?
Almost as soon as I could hold a crayon, I was editing the endings of fairy tales. When I was in 3rd grade, I first learned about the Bronte family stories, and set about making my own fantasy worlds. The first story I wrote that I showed someone was a pastiche on a lot of romance novels, but it was enough to keep me going.
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Rien's Rebellion
Once upon a time, a nation’s fate depended on an informant, a lawyer and a warrior. They all lived under a good Monarch’s leadership. Until he was assassinated. Galantier’s politics can be vicious, corrupt, and unfair, but not deadly. They’ve got a war they can’t win and dare not lose on their border. Everything depends on a practical, cooperative government, including a smooth succession. Vohan made that easy. For 25 years, he’s been a steady, reasonable monarch and leader. He raised his daughter, Cazerien, to serve Galanteran justice. His nephew, Laarens, leads in the Galanteran army. They will follow him. Now Vohan is dead, and Galanteran politics have turned bloody. Nothing will ever be the same. Cazerien believes in the law — not just as her profession, but as a faith and the wisdom that allows her people to thrive. She knows Galantier’s game, and she plays it well. Laarens believes in Cazerien and the arts of war. Their adversary doesn’t follow their rules. And someone knows what their adversary must keep secret. A nation struggles to be born from the ashes of the kingdom Vohan left.


Rien's Rebellion: Foundation
Series: Rien's Rebellion, Book VI. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,160. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Rien’s Rebels gather as Savrin’s Galantier begins to fray. Without Mathes and Tiwendar, Savrin seems adrift. Rien will take advantage. Galantier faces a battle for its future: If Savrin defeats Rien, the Dissolution comes and Galantier as it has been for a thousand years will cease. If Rien claims victory, Galantier will be reborn. No matter who wins, nothing will ever be the same. Time is short.
Rien's Rebellion: Redemption & Revolution
Series: Rien's Rebellion, Book V. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 194,840. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Savrin governs poorly, but he's the last of Galene’s line. While Galantier loses direction and purpose, Rien and Laarens build the army to restore the promise their refugee ancestors made a new generation of asylum-seekers. As Rien, Laarens, Quin and Bran gather their army of outcasts and exiles, can they build the tools to preserve Galantier, though war will tear them apart?
Rien's Rebellion: Wisdom's Fire
Series: Rien's Rebellion, Book IV. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160,020. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The House of Galene shall fall, and with it, the legacy of Galantier. The late Razin’s daughter is dead. His elder nephew was murdered in the west. Only the unreliable, weak Savrin remains. Not for long if Laarens and Rien have anything to say about it. Rien gathers her army in the north; Laarens brings her an entire people. But war is more than theory. Mending a broken state starts with people.
Rien's Rebellion: The Committed Ones
Series: Rien's Rebellion, Book III. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 148,230. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Laarens, and Galantier, believe Rien and Avah burnt to death. Which Rien needs them to believe. Reunited with her missing liegeman who started this, Rien and Quin and Laarens must understand the commitments they have made to each other. As the kingdom falters under Savrin's reign and Mathes' manipulation, time runs short and spies thrive. Third book of Rien's Rebellion.
Rien's Rebellion: Repudiation & Refuge
Series: Rien's Rebellion, Book II. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,370. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Vohan’s death should have put his daughter, Cazerien, on the throne of Galantier. He spent her life preparing her for the day she would become Razia. Some on the Prava had other plans. Instead of approving the succession, they chose her cousin, Savrin sator Lethis, a priest of the god of death. Galantier fractures under old enmities and rivalries. The world her father built is crumbling.
Rien's Rebellion: Kingdom
Series: Rien's Rebellion, Book I. Price: Free! Words: 57,990. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
When a monarch is assassinated, who follows? Rien has been committed to the law her entire life. She defended the powerless and upheld justice. Her cousin Laarens fought for their country. Now their monarch is dead and everything changes. And one man knows a secret that can destroy what's left of this kingdom. An epic fantasy of politics and thrones.

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