Opal Writers’ Magazine features author interviews in our month magazine. This month we are chatting with Ruth Kozak of Vancouver, B.C.
A Bit about Ruth
Ruth Kozak lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada
● Editor/Publisher at Travel Thru History
● Editor/Publisher/Freelance Writer at Life
Writing Instructor at VSB (Brock House)
What do you want readers to know about your book?
Shadow of the Lion is an important part of history about one of the greatest warriors who lived in ancient times. It is Greek history but it’s a history that includes others as well. And it’s the story of a young boy who never got to know his father and was never allowed to attain the honors he had inherited. It’s a tragic story about how blind ambition and greed brought down a world power. (A theme that seems relevant today).
Aside from the plot, is there a story behind it?
Yes. And it is a TRUE story. I began to write it as a YA about the little-known son of Alexander the Great who was born a month after his famous father died in Babylon 323 BC. But after a year of writing I realized it was too political a story and needed to be told in full. So I was advised to start over and I wrote it in multiple points of view including those of the women in the story who were very strong women overlooked by historians. The story begins with Alexander’s death and ends with the total destruction of his dynasty 15 years later. (The book actually took me 15 years to write!)
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration for your stories?
I became interested in Alexander the Great when I was 16, in high school. Eventually I traveled to Greece and visited sites where he had lived. Before that I had been interested in historical’s since I was about 12 years old, writing first about pioneers and then the Romans and some Biblical settings.
Are any of your characters based on real people that you know?
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