About Me

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I began researching pre-contact Americas more than a decade ago, after spending some years with the Classic Ancient Mediterranean. From Republican Rome and its resemblance of democracy I was hurled straight into the Great League of the Iroquois, studying their wise and amazingly detailed constitution.

Fascinated, I couldn’t help comparing both political structures, finding a few resembling points between the two. The articles, excitedly typed on the subject, I cannot find today, which is a great relief – I wasn’t mature enough to write on such matters back then.

More than a decade later, after years of research and creative writing, and the less enjoyable struggle with the publishing industry, I finally have something to present to the world.

The Mesoamerican Saga composed of two trilogies and one series, 11 full-length novels all in all, is covering the turbulent history of the 14-15th century Mesoamerica when the people we came to know as ‘Aztecs’ were busy carving their place among other local powers and empires.

The North American Saga is dealing with the creation of the famous Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest democracies of the world. Eight full-length novels, two series, that are following the Great League’s creators and the aftermath of their work that saw this outstanding political body evolving into major power around the Great Lakes and beyond them.

The famous “Aztec Empire” is known to us mainly through its encounter with Cortez and his conquistadors.

But what was there before? How a great empire we heard mainly of its fall came to exist?

The intriguing world of pre-contact Mesoamerica, Anahuac/Mexican Valley in particular, I found staggering with its beauty, complicity, its colorful diversity and the intricate relationship between people and states.

It was a different world, as alien to ours as any place from the outer space. And yet, it was not different at all, populated with normal regular people, with their basic urges, needs, ambitions and desires. Different customs, different laws and traditions, but still the same men and women, struggling to make their lives better, to stay loyal or go with their hearts, facing contradicting choices, forced to chose sides from time to time.

It was a fascinating challenge and I enjoyed every minute of it, recreating this world through a series of action-adventure books, which are based on an extensive, a very thorough research, but which are full of fictional characters, busy making history along the real-life historical ones.

The fierce democrats of the Great Lakes presented another fascinating challenge.

As little known to us as the Aztec Empire, the The Great League of the Iroquois existed for centuries before both Americas had been discovered by other continents. Composed of five nations the Iroquois Confederacy had occupied most of the present-day upstate New York, spilling into the southeastern Canada.

What made this confederacy special was their amazingly detailed, well-defined constitution. Recorded by a pictographic system in the form of wampum belts, the league’s laws held on for centuries, maintaining perfect balance between five powerful nations.

More than a few modern scholars believe that USA constitution was inspired by the Iroquois. To what degree, this is another question, but Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and some other Founding Fathers were, undoubtedly, very well-versed in the laws of the Great League, with Franklin advocating a federal system akin to that of the Iroquois and Adams leading a faction that favored more centralized government but still citing some of the Iroquois laws in the process.

So what was this remarkable constitution, and how did it come to life?

The Peacemaker Series and The People of the Longhouse books are attempting to recreate these happenings, dealing again with historical and fictional characters struggling to make the Great Peacemaker’s vision come true while pursuing their personal goals and dreams along the way.

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  1. The content, the website, the research added with Zoe’s genuine passion for the subject makes her books a must read and this website a must visit. She makes you feel like you are there with what you see, experience and smell. Her books should be in the curriclums of schools and it is a shame that there are not more people like her today. She has definitely enriched my life.

  2. 25th Jan (today). No sign of ‘Across the Great Sparkling Water’ at 99c.

    • Hi Ewan,

      I assume you are from UK or Canada, or anywhere else outside USA, as I just found out that ‘Across the Great Sparkling Water’ was discounted in the USA only (I’m trying to reach Amazon and find out why it happened).
      In the meanwhile, I’ll be glad to send you this book myself (can gift it to you through the use of your email address with no trouble). I’m sorry about this misunderstanding.

  3. I have a few questions for you,
    when was this website published
    why was it published

    hope you can answer back thanks

    • Hi

      Thank you for your interest 🙂
      This site was published back in 2011, with its purpose was, and still is, of focus on pre-Columbian history of various parts of Americas, a topic that is greatly overlooked by the mainstream media in general.
      Even when dealing with the indigenous cultures and histories, the tendency to look from the ‘outside’ point of view starting with the cultural clash that followed 1492, is overwhelming. While this site concentrates on pre-contact times solely, with no outside influences but the interactions between people and cultures and amazingly reach history that filled this continent from the times immemorial.

      I hope it answers your question, but please, feel free to ask more.

      Cheers,
      Zoe 🙂

  4. Dear Ms. Saadia, I was delighted to come across your books on the web. They look fantastic and enriching. I’m discouraged, however, not to be able to find them available to buy anywhere. At least in paper form, that is. I see a few available as kindle versions, but no hard books. I am a teacher of 5th grade and I think your novels would be great for our students, but I don’t know how to get them into my classroom. Please help!

    best,
    Jared Baker

    • Thank you so much for your interest, Jared. I’m honored!

      Yes, for now my books are offered only in digital formats, with the printed versions being considered for processing. Your inquiry definitely makes me wish to hasten this process 🙂

      I’m not sure my books could be considered as appropriate reads for the 5th grade students, having their share of a ‘grownups’ content (nothing graphic of course). I would suggest those reads for teens/young adults and the rest of the adults of course.
      However, I would be delighted to offer your students various articles such as those that are appearing on this site – reader-friendly historical, cultural and daily-life insights into the lives of North and Mesoamerican people of pre-contact times.
      Please, let me know if I can be of any help. I think those topics might be of a true interest for your students 🙂

      Again thank you for your interest,
      Sincerely,
      Zoe Saadia

  5. Are your books available in printed form? It’s hard to read on a screen.
    Thanks!
    Sandy

    • Hi Sandy,

      Thank you so much for your interest.

      I’m sorry that my books are not offered as printed hard or soft copies as yet. The matter is being considered and I hope I will be able to offer such copies soon.

      In the meanwhile, if you acquire an e-reader, please let me know and I’ll be delighted to send you a copy of a book you wished to read.

      Thank you for your interest,
      Sincerely,
      Zoe Saadia

  6. Hello I’m from Mexico City and I’d like to know how do I get your books. I love reading anything that has to do with my culture and its past.
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Thanks
    Edgar Galicia

    • Hi Edgar,

      Thank you for your interest in my work. I’m honored 🙂
      The history and the culture of your people is incredible and so rarely told in an unbiased way :/

      My books can be bought in a digital format on Amazon for now (http://www.amazon.com/Zoe-Saadia/e/B005DD6C9W/ ), although I hope they’ll be offered in print some time during this upcoming year.

      Please, feel free to email me at zoe.saadia@gmail.com with any question, inquiry or just for a good chat on Tenochtitlan, Triple Alliance, the rest of Anahuac and their politics and gossip 😀

      Sincerely,
      Zoe

  7. Interesting you use a “tecpatl” as a cursor!

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