Shauna Roberts is an author of fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and romance in various lengths.
She grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio, and has lived in Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and southern California. She currently lives in North Carolina near the Blue Ridge Mountains.
She was a medical copy editor and an award-winning freelance science and medical writer for 21 years before retiring to write fiction.
Mesopotamia has fascinated her since high school. She earned a BA in anthropology (with an emphasis in Near Eastern archaeology) from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and an MA and a PhD in anthropology from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). She has taught classes on ancient Mesopotamia in the University of California at Riverside’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
She attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in 2009 and later served on the Clarion Foundation Board of Directors for three years. In 2011 she won the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in elementary school. Over the years, I helped with or edited newsletters for organizations I belonged to. My first professional writing job was at Science magazine, where I wrote the new products column and was editor of the Guide to Biotechnology Products and Instruments. From there, I went to The Journal of NIH Research, where I wrote about biotechnological techniques and did production. I went freelance in 1990 and wrote for a wide variety of publications and audiences.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Actually, I am a hybrid author—that is, I write both as an indie and for Hadley Rille Books. Some of my friends have achieved great financial success as an indie author, so that was one factor that encouraged me to try self-publishing. A second factor was that I wanted to write a book that did not fit within Hadley Rille Books' catalogue. I like being a hybrid author. I can write anything I want, yet Hadley Rille Books does the marketing and production for the books I write for them, giving me more time to actually write.
Love, intrigue, and adventure in ancient Mesopotamia. Two survivors of Sargon the Great's destruction of the great city of Eridu, a lonely princess and an unwilling soldier, meet when Sargon conquers the city of Susa. She trusts few people, and he lies to her from the start. But circumstances bring them together as both try to stay alive and protect her children in the chaos of the conquered city.