Lausanne Davis Carpenter

I have lived on three continents and traveled in four. I have a BFA in scenery and lighting design for the stage and a Master of Divinity. My theatre and travel experiences have given me a passion for stories set in faraway places. I’d love to hear from you, learn what you’ve learned and loved in your own journey, and what you are reading or writing that explores the Long Ago & Far Away.

What I’m working on:

I am currently writing a novel set in Roman Syria and Sassanid Persia during Late Antiquity.

As such, I’m a low-church Protestant stumbling through the world of Late Antique Christianity (with all its liturgical and confessional variations), the earliest days of Islam, and the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. It is a land of wonder and dramatic change, and yet the people struggle with many of the same challenges that we do today.

My interests include Central Asia (The Great Game), the history of tea, the Gilded Age, and early Florida. You may see those ideas developed along the way.

My other sites are:

Long Ago & Far Away – my new Substack – please join me there! – A site for historical fiction set outside the normal locals of the US and Western Europe. These cross-post here and to my Substack: Long Ago & Far Away – My decorative arts business website/blog is on ice. It is my hope to spool up once again in the near future. In the meantime, you can click around and see what I produced in my prior iteration. redirects here. (My future publishing company)

Lausanne’s Golden Road– is my catch-all place. This blog includes cross-posts from all the others plus more personal items.

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