Marcus Varitor, Centurion is the story of a young decanus (one rung below a centurion) who has finally decided to grow up. He had become a Jewish proselyte (a convert to the Jewish faith); now he wanted more than anything to earn the love of an Egyptian slave girl and to be promoted to a centurion. His tribune offers him that chance if he can bring in Barabbas. Trouble is, Barabbas instead kills all of Marcus’s troops and captures Marcus and his worst soldier and hauls them to his camp. They manage to escape, thanks to someone who sneaks into the tent where they’re bound and gagged and sets them free.
The Egyptian slave girl, Meskhanet, unbeknownst to Marcus, has been captured by Barabbas’ troop of brigands. She too escapes, only to be kidnapped by slavers bound for Rome.
How can Marcus prove himself to his tribune now? And how can he save Meskhanet?
How long did it take you to write this story?
It took a little over a year to write this one
Did you personally learn anything while writing Marcus Varitor, Centurion
My characters were always pulling surprises on me. A guy I thought was terrible has a soft spot. Quiet little Meskhanet turned out to be such a strong person. One character died that I thought would carry through to something more. So I guess you could say I learned a lot about the characters and how they felt about the One God of the Jews.
Is this book part of a series?
Yes, it is. It’s Book 2 of The Truth Trilogy.
What is next for you?
The third book, What Is Truth, is the next in the series, and it will be out later this year. It’s about some of the same characters in the first two books, principally Decimus, a Roman senator, and Joanna, the widow of one of the minor characters in the first two books.
By the way, I have a contest going to guess the release date. If you will go to my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AnneBaxterCampbellAuthor, you will see the contest. If you guess the correct release date, you will win the first signed copy of the book.
What was the last fiction book you read that you would recommend?
The one I read this year that I think was the absolute best is Invisible by Ginny Yttrup. That woman has a way of digging into your very soul and lifting it right up to God.
How old were you when you first knew you wanted to be a professional writer?
I’m not really sure. Technical writer, maybe about 25 years ago. Fiction writer, maybe 35 years ago. I did start a book then. Actually–the first book in this same series, The Roman’s Quest. That’s when I started it–over 35 years ago!
Wow!35 Years ago? That’s amazing to me that you stuck with it. The longest I’ve ever worked on a book is a few years and then it was only off and on while I wrote other books.
Thanks for sharing with us, Anne.
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Anne Baxter Campbell is a Christian, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother who loves to write. I yearn to inspire people to take one step closer to the God who loves them so much He gave His only begotten Son that we might live forever with Him.