New Novel by Katherine Spada Basto
Winner of two awards: Winner for Religious Fiction, 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Winner for Young New Adult (ages 17 and up), 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Cornelia Cosa is unwillingly chosen to be a Vestal Virgin for thirty years. She begins her training as a novice, learning the ancient rites and rituals to Vesta, dedicating herself to guarding Vesta’s flame.
Set during the turbulent reign of Emperor Nero in 60 AD, when Rome worshiped many gods and goddesses, there is one sect the Emperor will not accept; a new group called the Jesus Followers. Led by Paul, under house arrest, Nero perceives them as a threat to Rome and begins to scapegoat those suspected as being a part of the Cult of the Nazarene.
When Cornelia sneaks out one night with her fellow Vestal, Vibidia, to listen to Paul preach, her life will never be the same. And when the augur, Lucius befriends her, she begins to understand how superstitious the Roman people are, and how much credence they give to auguries, signs and omens.
Ms. Spada Basto weaves in the ancient legends and mythologies of Rome, alongside many of the festivals and rituals of the Roman people. Based on many true events, Vestal Virgin;Chosen for Rome follows the authentic timeline during the reign of Nero, culminating in the Great Fire of Rome and the fate of the Apostle Paul.
Find more information about Vestal Virgin: Chosen for Rome here:
Katherine Spada Basto, Author
Katherine Spada Basto was a teacher before becoming a full time writer. She enjoys colonial and ancient history, mythology and folklore, travel, reading and painting. She lives with her husband and rescue cat and dog in Connecticut. Katherine is presently working on her next novel that is based in an Ancient Civilization.
Katherine Spada Basto is available for speaking engagements including libraries, book clubs, panels, schools and other organizations.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I began writing at a young age. My mother was my first teacher. She would cut out little pictures, glue them on a piece of paper and ask me to write a story. I remember a picture of a robin with eggs in her nest. I wrote a story about that bird and my mother still has a copy.
My love of writing stems from my love of reading. As a child, I read constantly. My nose was always in a book. I remember my family laughing and exclaiming, “How many Laura Ingalls Wilder books are you going to read?” I was also enthralled with any fairy tale, fable, legend, myth and story that fueled my imagination.
As a teacher, I always encouraged my students to read. Reading leads to better writing. I noticed that all my voracious readers in class-those who read for pleasure-always excelled in English and language arts. And they always became better writers. So, I tell others who ask me about my writing, that reading is a big part of my process…and I am constantly learning and trying to hone my craft.
In both high school and college, I wrote for the school newspapers and actually studied journalism for a few years. When I lived in Boston, I wrote movie and restaurant reviews for the newspaper. I also began writing poetry that led to several awards. I enjoyed writing articles and reviews for Earth based religions that focused on mythology and the Gods and Goddesses.
Over the years, I’ve grown to love history and study the context of why and how certain events occurred. I enjoy this study and find myself drawn to the common person of old who found themselves in the midst of an historical crisis, how they dealt with it and what difference they could make. As a keen observer of human nature, I try to incorporate those feelings and emotions into my writing. My goal as a historical fiction author is to bring those characters and tumultuous times they lived through to life.
My next book takes place in an Ancient Civilization during a time of great upheaval. It is a time of transition and change. Religious beliefs and worship are being challenged and threatened every day. How will my young protagonist, caught between the new order and the old ways understand what is right for her? Stay tuned…”