Yohl Ik’nal was one of the most powerful women in the Americas, but few have heard of her. The first woman to become a Maya ruler in her own right, her visionary powers were destined to guide her people through social turmoil and enemy attack as she preserved her dynastic lineage and left her mark on history. Facing betrayal and revenge, love for her father steeled her will as he trained her for rulership. Her life was dedicated to her dynasty and people, and she feared no romantic love would ever be hers, but found a surprising and sustaining relationship. As a seer, she knew times of turmoil were coming and succession to the throne was far from certain. Could she prepare her headstrong daughter for rulership or help her weak son become a charismatic leader? Her actions could lead to ruin or bring her city to greatness.
There are many nonfiction books about the Mayas, especially in the fields of archeology and anthropology, and a significant corps of metaphysical books mostly dealing with 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar. But there is very little authentic historical fiction that re-creates their society and brings their people to life. I’m especially devoted to describing the lives of ancient Mayan women. Part of my life contract is to bring their magnificent civilization to more people’s attention through works of fiction, which are more accessible than scientific texts. This is what I hope my books accomplish.