A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Charles Scott Curtis has taught history in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 2006. He is a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, Manchester United, and the literary works of Bernard Cornwell, Khaled Hosseini, and Anthony Doerr.
He lives in Fort Worth with his wife and two dogs.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The thought of going through a years-long process writing my first book (several drafts, many periods of self-doubt, long months of inaction and indecision, all of which were my fault), a year-long quest to get an agent, another long process of finding a publisher followed by a year's delay in my book seeing the light of day was too much for me.
The most attractive thing about being an indie author means that my success or failure all comes down to me. Rather than someone else tell me that my work doesn't fit their idea of a market, my answer is to go and find the market, which may or may not exist but it won't be because of someone else's determination.
Finally, while I am new to the field of self-promotion and bound to make a few mistakes, there is a certain freedom in controlling your literary destiny.
What is your writing process?
I try to be flexible, since stories have a tendency to not go the way you thought they would when you started. I keep a basic outline but I'm not afraid to go off in a different direction if I reach a point in the story and ask myself, "What if (insert possibility here)? Even if I end up coming back to what I had originally planned out, the overall story ends up being much stronger and I inevitably will have new ideas for other parts of the book. Once I have an idea of the story I'd like to write, or even scenes within that story, usually I sit down and sketch them out. This can take the form of action bits or just dialogue with no other description. Sometimes I am lucky enough to create a fully formed scene the first time I sit down and write, but it usually takes me several run-throughs before I end up with the scene looking the way I want. It's why I admire writers who still use typewriters.
9 B.C.-The Roman Empire circles the Mediterranean and stretches north to central Europe. Beyond the Rhine River live a disparate group of warring Germanic tribes, out of which Rome is determined to craft a province in her image. Ten-year-old Arminius is taken to Rome as a hostage to be trained as a future vassal of the empire, setting him on a path that will forever alter the fate of two peoples.
Cassius Severus journeys north to seek assistance from an unlikely source. Arminius launches an attack that will forever alter the future of two peoples.
The Forest of Death is the third entry in the Blood of Eagles series.
As rebellion breaks out in Pannonia, Arminius is forced to postpone his long-awaited return to Germania. Meanwhile, his friend Severus survives Rome's most infamous dinner party only to face off with Augustus himself
Arminius, son of a German chieftain, is taken to Rome to be trained at Emperor Augustus' elite school for princes as a future vassal of the empire. Forced to endure harsh treatment from his instructor, the brutal veteran Gaius Petronius, Arminius patiently absorbs the knowledge he hopes will one day free his people from Roman rule while awaiting the chance to confront his tormentor.