Have you heard the quote “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it”? (Tony Morrison said it, in case you didn’t know).
This quote is the inspiration behind this site and defines its purpose:
Here authors and readers come together to create timeless writing.
I believe community to be one of the most important aspects of every culture I encountered — and when I finally decided to write historical fiction, I knew I had to build a community fascinated with reading.
So this website is designed to do just that. Here you’re welcome to:
- Contribute your own flash fiction and win admiration of our community and maybe even some cash;
- Join the 90-day challenge of bringing a novel from zero words to Amazon — or encourage those taking this challenge;
- Learn more about the Aztec Empire and the Spanish Conquest and offer your own research and insight.
Don’t be shy – this community is for people just like you, who love reading and creating engaging, timeless fiction.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
My name’s Austin Briggs. I’ve spent over 10 years researching the history of the Aztec Empire and the Spanish Conquest with a dream of creating a historical fiction series that would fascinate readers who like a good history-based tale. I even went so far as to experience some of the magical rites of the ancient Mexica myself.
I’ve always been obsessed with learning about other cultures; in addition to my time in the lands that were once occupied by the Aztec peoples, I’ve also lived in Russia, Japan, England, Switzerland, Cambodia, Lithuania, and Uzbekistan.
I’ve been a soldier in the Russian army, an officer in the United Nations, and a global manager of a Fortune 10 company. I’ve been both a local and an outsider, a member of the majority and of a minority, which I feel makes me somewhat able to write from the perspective of multiple characters, all of whom have various levels of status and acceptance in their world.
We’re often told that history is written by the winners. My stories are told from the perspective of those who lost — though they went down fighting.
My fascination with the Aztec Empire during the time of the Spanish Conquest began because I’m intrigued by the idea of a society that is about to lose itself entirely. I wanted to show how difficult and painful — and sometimes strangely inspiring — that process can be.