VIEWS: The story behind this book
Why on earth did I choose to write a story set in 13th century China, during the Mongol Empire? I can't tell you how many times I've seen puzzlement in people's eyes when they ask me this question. Frankly, half my friends thought 'Marco Polo' was just a swimming pool game, till I started drowning them with stories about the real Marco Polo, the young man who traveled to China with his father.
For me, this book started when my husband said, "Why don't you write a book about Marco Polo?" At first, I didn't like the idea. After all, Marco became famous because he wrote his own book about his travels. People have been reading it for 700 years.
Then, I read Marco's book. He tells some fascinating tales and describes places then unknown in Europe. He liked China so much he stayed there, from the age of 21 to 38. But he never mentioned a girlfriend. Seriously, do you think he didn't have one? Since he never told us about a woman he loved,