This is a page dedicated to all things QUEEN'S GAMBIT. It includes {or will} things like the sound track, Q&A's {want to ask a question?}  the map, art {mine or otherwise}, events, happenings, reviews, etc, etc, etc. 

~*~*~SPOILER ALERT~*~*~ 

It is a wise thing to read the book before  browsing this page if you don't want to run into spoilers.  




I sketched the map of both Aemogen and the Imirillian Continent on 40lb watercolor paper. Afterward, my friend and artist    Phillip Jackson inked over my pencil lines with beautiful precision. 

I have since realized that cartography has its addicting elements, and am eager to do more. 

THE SCHOLAR - Queen Eleanor studying the Imirillian scrolls. 

THE SCHOLAR - Queen Eleanor studying the Imirillian scrolls. 


I often write, walk, think, and drive to music. This spills over into my writing, and so most of the books I'm working on have their own playlist. Some of these songs became part of the soundtrack while I was still in the first draft. Some found their way in while I was writing the second, or third, or even the seventh. A few came afterward. All of the songs either matched a scene, or a setting, an emotion, or the intangible ties between characters. Maybe this is the soundtrack for you. Maybe it isn't. If there is a song that you feel resonates with your reading of the book, please let me know! I'd love to hear. 

TRACK ONE - The Blood of Cu Chulainn by Jeff Danna & Mychael Danna                                    

{My title? The Queen's Gambit} 

*If there was a movie trailer for The Queen's Gambit, this would be the song. I have listened to this hundreds of times while driving through the mountains to work, thinking of Aemogen. 

TRACK TWO - The Cry of The Celts by Ronan Hardiman 

{My title? The Battle Run.}

TRACK THREE - Smaointe... by Enya

{My title? Eleanor tells of Edith and Shaamil}

*This song most clearly ties into the scene when Eleanor and Wil are on the cliffs by the Fortress of Anoir, and their conversation there. It becomes the theme for the things they discussed, and winds through all three books. 

TRACK FOUR - Celtic Lands clip {from 1:33 - 2:57} clip by Kurt Bestor

{My title? Wil falling for Eleanor falling for Wil falling...}

*The edit is important. It's just that moment, in the middle of the song. I made myself a clip of just of this section so I could listen to it on repeat. Over and over. And over.

TRACK FIVE - Lord of the Dance by Ronan Hardiman

{My title? Aemogen Gathers}

*In my mind, this is the song for the ceremonial dance that Edythe leads at the end. 

TRACK SIX - Gypsie by Ronan Hardiman

{My title? I Must Go}

*"The gift of a dance."  If you've read the book, you know. 

TRACK SEVEN - World Spins Madly On by The Weepies.

{My title? The Regrets}

*The rain that came after the dance...both of them waking in different places, and the cold, misty morning reality of what that means. 

{Check out the rest of the soundtrack on The Ruby Prince page}