I’ve been a fan of Greek and Roman Mythology since I was first introduced to it in grade school. My teacher made it come alive in a way I’d never seen and I wanted to know everything I could about the characters in the story. This was the beginning of my journey into the mythic world of gods and heroes.
Everything I learned, from the books I read to the exhibits I visited, revealed the many layers and stories that went into each myth. I loved the idea that there was more to this world than can been seen by the naked eye and more than can be imagined in our limited philosophies. I like the idea of cupids and daemons, furies, shape-changers, nymphs, gods and heroes, and magic hiding beneath the thin veneer we call civilization.
While I wanted the Children of Khaos Universe to have the history rich mythology I loved, I also took several liberties with the creation of the series to show the mythologies in a different light. I didn’t want it to be this predictable story that we all learned in school. I wanted it to be familiar but different. So I twisted mythology to fit the world I created.
1- Myths are imbued with the culture they came from and while that was all right in the time which they’re from, some practices are considered taboo now. For example, incestuous relationships are found in most mythologies and it doesn’t seem to be that bothersome to the culture where it came from. Right now, incest is a big money-maker for a lot of writers. They don’t have to condone the practice, but they write about it because people buy it. I’m not comfortable writing about incest in my books, which if I followed the mythology to the letter, I would be writing. I work around this by making my couples unrelated.
2- People moved and brought their mythologies with them. Gods were sometimes combined with older gods, or from gods who came from a different regions when lands were invaded. Aphrodite is commonly known to derive from the goddess Astarte, brought through trading with foreign lands. Medusa is thought to originally be from Ethiopia and later divided into two separate women Athena and Medusa, only to be re-emerged when Medusa’s head was given to Athena. Persephone and Kora were once two goddesses later merged into one, or in other places three goddesses during the different seasons (Kora, Demeter, and Persephone).
3- Basic story themes repeat, but details and story lines varied noticeably from teller to teller, ethnographic region to ethnographic region, and century to century. Because myths are stories that have been told and retold for centuries before someone wrote them down, the variations from Pre-Hellenistic mythology to Classic Greek mythology made it easier for me to find aspects that deviated from the recognizable myth. I took advantage of these differences when I constructed the Children of Khaos Universe because I didn’t want it to be this predictable story that we all learned in school. I wanted it to be familiar but different. So I twisted mythology to fit the world I created.
I started writing the Children of Khaos Series knowing I was going to reinvent the mythologies I love rather than retell them. I wanted to bring to life a different feature of the story and look deeper to find the source of those stories. For me, they became more than a backdrop to people long gone. They became window into the understanding a souls of the culture and updating them for our time. They allowed me to emerge myself in my favorite genres of fantasy, paranormal, and the supernatural.
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