Kristen Reed, a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, is an artist, filmmaker, and author from Dallas, Texas. As a Christian, her faith heavily influences her writing and is the driving force in her life.
I'm taking a break from my usual life in Dallas to visit London, England, and I spent part of today at the Tower of London. This was really exciting for me because the kingdom of Hesta in The Alazne Series is based on England during King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I's reigns. In fact, Alazne's coronation in The Kings' Council is based on the coronations done in England.
The best part of going to the Tower of London was seeing King Henry VIII's armor. If you look at the composite below of Alazne on the cover of The Valley of Eternity (out this Fall) and Henry VIII's armor, you'll see several similarities. Pretty cool, huh?
Before I published my first book, I wrote a screenplay called The Dahl Dynasty. This feature length screenplay was based on Hamlet, which is one of my favorite plays by William Shakespeare. In my modernized, Dallas-based rendition of The Bard's classic piece, Hamilton Dahl IV is mourning the loss of his father, who he believes was killed by a black widow's fatal bite until he's visited by his late father's ghost. Hamilton learns that his uncle, Claude, poisoned his father to take control of the family company through his grieving mother, Trudy, and vows to avenge him.
Now, The Dahl Dynasty is out on DVD! The movie even features music by Sparks the Rescue, Holly Heist, and Lisa D'Amato (winner of America's Next Top Model All Stars).