Cary James was born in Virginia, and received degrees from the College of William and Mary and the University of California at Berkeley. For two decades he practiced architecture in the San Francisco Bay area, before becoming a professional writer. He has published short stories, poems and book reviews, and served as chair of the Fiction Award Committee of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association. He is the author of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel, a photographic essay on that now-demolished building; Julia Morgan, a young person’s biography of the San Francisco architect; and King & Raven, his first novel. Baranaby Conrad once defined the full life as one in which “you build a house, plant a tree, create a child, and fight a bull.” James regrets that he has not yet met his bull. He lives in Mill Valley California with his wife Elaine.
Conversely, Stan Pauley sees himself as old, unable to achieve fulfillment, fearful of the world outside his realm, and terminally miserable.
Social, familial, political and cultural tenets say Stan is out of the loop with his lifestyle choices and needs to be more conforming.
His steadfast resolve to live life on his own terms is incrementally being compromised by failed dreams and unrealized goals, which he interprets as an abject character failure.
Based on true accounts, Stans suicide note takes you through his life beginning as a young boy not much different from any other, possessing quixotic dreams of great achievement and grand wealth.
Whereas most young adults eventually realize fame and fortune are merely unattainable fantasies remanded to neighborhood barbecue banter, Stan intently refuses to relinquish that ineffable goal, lest his fathers haunting prophecy turn to frightening reality.
Among the first to look at the story of Camelot through Guinevere's eyes, Woolley sets the traditional tale in the time of its origin, after Britain has shattered into warring fiefdoms. Hampered by neither fantasy nor medieval romance, this young Guinevere is a feisty Celtic tomboy who sees no reason why she must learn to speak Latin, wear dresses, and go south to marry that king. But legends being what they are, the story of Arthur's rise to power soon intrigues her, and when they finally meet, Guinevere and Arthur form a partnership that has lasted for 1500 years.
This is Arthurian epic at its best-filled with romance, adventure, authentic Dark Ages detail, and wonderfully human people.
Praise for Persia Woolley's Guinevere Trilogy
"Original...accurate in detail...Child of the Northern Spring is rich and sweet."
-New York Times
"Vivid...dramatic...once again we are captivated by the magic of the legend that has long fed our appetite for pageantry and romantic adventure."
"Vividly re-creates sixth-century Britain in the throes of change...Child of the Northern Spring portrays a sensitive young woman who will appeal to modern readers."
"Richly textured, evoking the sights and sounds of castle and countryside, the qualities of knight and servant. Highly recommended."