About JF Ridgley

JF Ridgley

I love writing books and stories, especially in the world of ancient Rome. Occasionally, I venture into today’s world and write a story or two.

Historical people of the past laughed, cried, loved, hated, cared for and murdered just as we hear on the evening news today. Those things haven’t changed much.

My Journey

It’s back home to Ancient Rome and ‘book two’ of my Agricola series. Red Fury Rebellion. Julius survives his return to Rome, only to be thrust into a national rebellion that nearly matches his own.

I’ve been on this adventurous journey for going on fifteen years. I’ve always loved reading and dreaming. I’ve been told I’m, a ‘ frustrated actor’ because I can’t tell something without almost acting it out.

But it was my eighth-grade students who motivated me into writing my stories. ‘Mrs. Ridgley, you should write a book!” So I did.

Vows of Revenge | JF Ridgley

The first book I published was Vows of Revenge. While doing some of my historical research, I discovered that Roman law of the Early Republic allowed a husband to execute his wife if she disobeyed him. But he could not sell her as a slave. What kind of man would ever put his wife into such a position?

Pompeii’s Plague came about during a visit to Pompeii, Italy. What an experience to see and touch that happened nearly two thousand years ago. This story is yet to be published but I hope to get it out next year. If you think it’s hard for a woman to break through the infamous “glass-ceiling,” try Roman concrete. Or just ask Faustina Sabina. Her story is coming 2016.

Threatened Loyalties: Vulcan's Wrath Series | JF Ridgley

But researching Pompeii, only led me to discover Herculaneum, Italy. On the same day that Pompeii was buried by ash, Herculaneum too was buried by Vesuvius by volcanic concrete called lahar. This totally different story. Threatened Loyalties, is about just that, threatened loyalties and the political underbelly of this historic sea-side town.

While my daughter was attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, I discovered a used-book store with a treasure trove of wonderful books. I found a story of an amazing woman – Boudica (or as spelled in the past as Boadicea or Boudicca) – who led 200,000 Celtic warriors against 85,000 soldiers of Rome’s infamous legions. This queen’s destruction still lingers under the British cities of London, Colchester and St. Albans that she and her warriors destroyed in A.D.60.

Red Fury Revolt | JF Ridgley

Enraptured by this maligned Iceni queen, I also discovered another historical character who was there when Boudica revolted – Gnaeus Julius Agricola. Thus came my historical fiction series… the Agricola series, about why this young Roman tribune returned to Britannia over and over again. I know why, and you can find out how it all began in Red Fury Revolt. And as I said, Red Fury Rebellion comes out early 2016.

Pompeii’s Plague came about during a visit to Pompeii, Italy. What an experience to see and touch that happened nearly two thousand years ago. This story is yet to be published but I hope to get it out next year. If you think it’s hard for a woman to break through the infamous “glass-ceiling,” try Roman concrete. Or just ask Faustina Sabina. Her story is coming 2016.

But researching Pompeii, only led me to discover Herculaneum, Italy. On the same day that Pompeii was buried by ash, Herculaneum too was buried by Vesuvius by volcanic concrete called lahar. This totally different story. Threatened Loyalties, is about just that, threatened loyalties and the political underbelly of this historic sea-side town.

While my daughter was attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, I discovered a used-book store with a treasure trove of wonderful books. I found a story of an amazing woman – Boudica (or as spelled in the past as Boadicea or Boudicca) – who led 200,000 Celtic warriors against 85,000 soldiers of Rome’s infamous legions. This queen’s destruction still lingers under the British cities of London, Colchester and St. Albans that she and her warriors destroyed in A.D.60.

Enraptured by this maligned Iceni queen, I also discovered another historical character who was there when Boudica revolted – Gnaeus Julius Agricola. Thus came my historical fiction series… the Agricola series, about why this young Roman tribune returned to Britannia over and over again. I know why, and you can find out how it all began in Red Fury Revolt. And as I said, Red Fury Rebellion comes out early 2016.

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