Leonide Martin

Author, Maya researcher, Solar Initiate, Maya Fire Woman

LM_Palenque plants_12-12My books bring ancient Mayan culture to life in stories about both real historical Mayans and fictional characters.  Mists of Palenque is about four of the most powerful women in ancient Americas, but few people have ever heard of them.

These women brought their city to new heights and influenced the Classic Mayan world.  I really admire these four remarkable queens and want to share what I’ve learned about them with readers of historical fiction.  In telling their stories, my goal is to be accurate as possible about names, places, and events deciphered by Mayanists.  I strive to recreate what ancient Mayan life might have been.  In doing this, some inference and imagination are needed to fill in details.  I hope you’ll enjoy this fascinating and compelling drama of the four great Mayan queens of Palenque.

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Now a retired university professor, I’ve published seven professional books and received a Writers’ Digest award for short fiction.  Many years as a Maya researcher, studying archeology, anthropology, history and epigraphy from the scientific and indigenous viewpoints underlie my writing.  Living for fiveLM-HM Crop ceremony LolBe years in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, I apprenticed with Maya elder Hunbatz Men, becoming a Solar Initiate and Maya Fire Woman in the Itza Maya tradition.  I also studied with indigenous teachers in Guatemala and the U.S.    My familiarity with Maya sites, participation in rituals and archeological study bring factual accuracy to my writing.


My first novel about the Maya was published in 2006:  Dreaming the Maya Fifth Sun:  A Novel of Maya Wisdom and the 2012 Shift in Consciousness.

The ancient Mayas created the most highly advanced civilization in the Western hemisphere.  My books relate the saga of rediscovery as archeologists Temples Inscriptions-XIII-Skulland adventurers braved dangerous terrain and diseases to uncover cities of stone deep in tropical jungles.  They were astonished by towering pyramids, huge complexes, wide plazas and sophisticated construction technology including aqueducts, fountains, steam baths, toilets and suspension bridges.  Exquisite art, massive stone monuments and intricate hieroglyphs revealed the Mayas were an advanced civilization.  Their exotic lifestyle and culture were evocative of other great ancients such as Egyptians, Sumerians, Hindus and Chinese.  But the Maya are unique.  My work is to unfold this uniqueness in books that describe their civilization accurately and fully.

 My work is dedicated to their wisdom, spirituality, scientific and cultural accomplishments through compelling historical novels — that bring ancient Maya culture and people vividly to life.

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