(From the author)

AUTHOR BIO: Anna Patricio is a lover of ancient history, with a particular interest in Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. She is also intrigued by the Ancient Near East, though she has not delved too much into it but hopes to one day. She undertook formal studies in Ancient History at Macquarie University. She focused mostly on Egyptology and Jewish-Christian Studies, alongside a couple of Greco-Roman units, and one on Archaeology. Though she knew there were very limited job openings for ancient history graduates, she pursued her degree anyway as it was something she had always been passionate about. Then, about a year after her graduation, the idea to tackle historical fiction appeared in her head, and she began happily pounding away on her laptop. ASENATH is her first novel. Recently, she traveled to Lower Egypt (specifically Cairo and the Sinai), Israel, and Jordan. She plans to return to Egypt soon, and see more of it. In the past, she has also been to Athens and Rome. Anna is currently working on a second novel, which still takes place in Ancient Egypt, but hundreds of years after ASENATH.

She maintains a blog at

MBA: Tell our readers a little about yourself?

  ANNA: I am a debut novelist of historical fiction. I have been an ancient history lover since my teens, and pursued formal studies in it at Macquarie University. When I was much younger though, I did not like history. I thought it was boring. But in my second year of high school, I had a brilliant teacher who made history come alive. She was like a storyteller. She did not make us memorise anything either, the way most history teachers do. Then somewhere along the way, I myself came to appreciate history. I recently travelled to Lower Egypt (Cairo and the Sinai), Israel and Jordan. I plan to return to Egypt one day, as my time there was way too short. The trip, you see, had Israel as its primary focus.
I have always liked the idea of writing, but never pursued it until recently, when I began writing ASENATH. Before that, I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. Hence, I wrote only sporadically. I never even thought to dabble in historical fiction, as I didn’t feel confident to undertake such a feat. However, sometime after graduation, I was wondering what to do with my life when the writing idea came to me. I decided I had nothing to lose. So I wrote. When not writing, I read (which I guess is by default), listen to music, watch TV/movies, do some photography (though I haven’t done any in ages), and play with my dog (I am a dog lover).

MBA: “Asenath” sounds intriguing and interesting,what if anything made you interested in writing about Ancient Egypt?

ANNA: Sometime after I developed an interest in history, I grew inclined to ancient history. For me, it is the most fascinating period p robably because it is the farthest removed from our time, and thus shrouded in myths and mystery. In other words, I guess you could say it is the most exotic. When I was 17, an acquaintance recommended to me Wilbur Smith’s ‘River God,’ which was my introduction to historical fiction. I was really impressed with how Mr Smith brought this lost world to life. His details were very vivid, as if he had actually lived those times. I suppose this had an influence on me, because when I began flirting with ideas for my first novel, I was immediately inclined to set it in Ancient Egypt. I love all of the ancient world though, but it seems Ancient Egypt is really fun to write about. It was a beautiful land, and I love imagining how it must have been like in ancient times – temples and pyramids covered in limestone, gardens with pools and lotus blossoms, lovely people with kohl-lined eyes. In the future though, I hope to write a novel set in Judea during the time of Christ. But right now, I am really having a lot of fun in Ancient Egypt.

MBA:  Is “Asenath” a Indiana Jones type of story?
ANNA: No, it’s set in the actual ancient times, way before the likes of Indiana Jones. It’s a romantic drama. I like to think of it as “Memoirs of a Geisha” or “Jane Eyre” set in Ancient Egypt.

MBA:  What author, if anyone, would you compare your writing to?
      ANNA: Probably Wilbur Smith and Pauline Gedge – because they write in the same setting as I do, and I have been moreless influenced by their style: the lush and descriptive settings, and the development of characters. And maybe also Arthur Golden, who wrote MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA – again, because he influenced me in character and plot development. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, I might add, was one of the chief influences for ASENATH.

ASENATH is available at AMAZON



(From the author)



(From the author)

BOOK BLURB: Two Destinies…One Journey of Love
In a humble fishing village on the shores of the Nile lives Asenath, a fisherman’s daughter who has everything she could want. Until her perfect world is shattered.
When a warring jungle tribe ransacks the village and kidnaps her, separating her from her parents, she is forced to live as a slave. And she begins a journey that will culminate in the meeting of a handsome and kind steward named Joseph.
Like her, Joseph was taken away from his home, and it is in him that Asenath comes to find solace…and love. But just as they are beginning to form a bond, Joseph is betrayed by his master’s wife and thrown into prison.
Is Asenath doomed to a lifetime of losing everything and everyone she loves?

Thank you Anna for visiting with us at My Book Addiction and More today!!

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