A Mayday birthing

May 1st, 2007

In the fall of 2003 I heard a story on National Public Radio called “The Last Lighthouse.” It was about the last manned lighthouse in the US. But it wasn’t the story that interested me so much as the title. I got thinking about lighthouses and how they both warned people away from danger and welcomed people to safe harbor. And that got me thinking about history and who knows what all…and somehow I began to wonder if there was anyone back in the fifth century who had the vision to foresee what would become of Britain once the Roman legions withdrew. Which led to a story idea about a place that wasn’t Britain, and to this cheeky fellow named Valen who had ended up in a very unlikely place, when all he wanted to do was stay anonymous. Which led to a sale and two-and-a-half years of writing and a book that grew too big and had to be split into two…

…and today the first of the twins, Flesh and Spirit, has been released. Whew!

You can check out the “Our Books” section for more or see my website for more info.

Now back to our regularly scheduled…


11 Responses to “A Mayday birthing”

  1. kateelliotton 02 May 2007 at 12:55 am


  2. Daniel Woodson 02 May 2007 at 4:15 am

    Congrats, Carol! I look forward to reading it :).

  3. Betsy Dornbuschon 02 May 2007 at 10:01 am

    Yea! Congratulations. Can’t wait to read it.

  4. Stephanie M.on 02 May 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Congratulations! And thanks for the reminder about the release date. I told a friend, a big fan of yours, and she was able to snag one of the last two copies from the local B & N, which made her happy.

  5. Carol Bergon 02 May 2007 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks for spreading the word, Stephanie.


  6. Brandon R.on 03 May 2007 at 12:35 pm


    I would like to let you know, when I saw that your new book came out, I went and bought it with the giftcard that I got for my birthday, which was the same day. :) I have not started it yet due to finish your other books.

    I look forward to reading it and any future novels that you might release.

    Brandon R.

  7. Carol Bergon 03 May 2007 at 1:06 pm


    Happy birthday! And I hope you enjoy the book. Valen is a party guy, so he would enjoy celebrating.


  8. LJCohenon 04 May 2007 at 8:39 am

    I’m new to this blog and am really enjoying it. Congrats on the book release. I took a look at your website and just an FYI–viewing via windows xp and Firefox 2, all the punctuation and characters like single and double quotes come up as question marks.

  9. Carol Bergon 04 May 2007 at 10:42 am

    Thanks, LJ. What’s weird is that I use Firefox on XP and don’t see the quote problem! Aarrgh. I hate that problem. Off to twiddle with it…


  10. Nicole L.on 04 May 2007 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Carol,

    I didn’t see a charset tag on your page, so try adding meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=iso-8859-1″

    inside your head tags, which tells your viewers’ computers what symbols to display on their monitors.

    I can’t wait to read Flesh and Spirit; I have it on hold at my library.

  11. Carol Bergon 05 May 2007 at 12:40 am

    Thanks, Nicole! I missed that one somewhere along the line.


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