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Friday, October 14, 2011

Writing for the Gods By Lisa Beth Darling

I want to welcome Lisa Beth Darling author of The Heart of War and Child of War to my blog, please everyone make her feel welcome!

First I'd like to thank our kind hostess for having me here today and for asking me such a wonderful question to spur on this guest post. She asked me if I'd changed anything about traditional mythology and if I worried that people would notice.

The answer is question #1 is; no, not really. The answer to #2 is; if they do I hope they enjoy the little differences. I'm not writing a textbook here, I'm writing a novel. That gives me lots of creative license.

I guess I should give a little back story here. I was introduced to the Greek Myths and Tragedies in a high school English class. That teacher blew my mind, nothing was ever the same for me after that. It was a real Moment of Impact and it affected the rest of my life right up to today and will continue to do until the day I die and maybe even beyond that. Several years after graduating high school, I officially became Pagan and took Ares and Aphrodite as my patrons. Or, I suppose I should say, they chose me to follow them. Ares wasn't happy simply being my patron god, he wanted a larger role than that in my life. As it turned out, he's a damn good storyteller. To that end, Ares and I have been together for almost twenty-years writing stories. In a lot respects we're like an old married couple; we needle each other, poke fun at each other, spur each other forward, lean on each other, and generally just share this whole experience we call Life. It's a very symbiotic relationship and, I think, it works well on all counts.

Back to mythology now that you had an idea of who I am and where I'm coming from.

Writing about ancient gods is wonderful, not only do you get to do tons of research and learn oodles of fascinating things you also get to take those myths and fill in the blanks. There are a lot of blanks and a lot of versions of each myth. In the end, so far as I can see, there's really no 'wrong' way to do since it all starts with a story to begin with. One of the most intriguing things about mythology is it's just that; a bunch of myths. Stories told so long ago and in so many ways by so many people that, instead of becoming lost to time, they become timeless. But, as with every story/fable/myth that gets handed down, each teller puts his/her own spin on things as the tales grown and expand and change as they make their way from the Ancient World up to the Modern World.

For the most part, the basis of each story/myth stays the same, over the eons it's the peripherals that change and grow making the tales fuller and, to some extent, more interesting. So if we take the story of the love affair between Ares and Aphrodite, for instance, we start out 'knowing' she was married to Ares' brother, Hephaestus and she fell for Ares—along with a lot of other people. He wasn't the only one. We know Hephaestus set a trap for the lovers and hauled them, naked, before all of the gods of Olympus. He demanded retribution and payment for Ares' trespassing and insult. After that, the two exposed lovers supposedly slunk off separately but, little tales emerge of how they may have gotten back together after Hephaestus died. Whether or not they're 'true' who knows?

That's where the writer and their imagination come in to paint a larger picture and more detailed tale.
I took each myth that appealed to me or I thought would add to the "OF WAR" series and worked it in, staying as true to the original myths as possible up to whatever point they pretty much fall apart and vanish. At that point, the fun really begins!

You won't find anything in ancient Greek Mythology that tells you how Ares and Aphrodite are doing today…will you? Nope. If Olympians truly were Immortal, then who's to say they're not still walking around among us here in 2011? What they're doing. Where they're doing it. Who they're doing it to. You, the writer, get to conjure up pretty much any scenario you want. The important thing is to stay true to the gods and goddesses and the myths/stories that formed them and then led you to them. Use them as a jumping off point to further the myth/story in your own modern way.

That's what everyone before you did, why not you too?

Book #2 in the "OF WAR" Series

GENRE: Erotic Paranormal Drama
LENGTH: Novel-428 pgs.
Book Description:

"Do you know 'Damien'? Raven makes that kid look like an angel.

The "Of War"-series picks up in part I of this II-part sequel when Ares and Alena try to settle down on Olympus and await the birth of their son, Raven.

Haunted by prophetic visions along with a body and mind that are starting to betray her, Alena struggles to enjoy what should be a happy and blessed occasion. The relentless hostility from the other Olympians make her yearn to be back on their cozy island home, far away from all the bickering and backstabbing that makes up Life on mighty Mount Olympus.

Knowing of Zeus' unabashed hatred for Alena and the Celts, Ares becomes convinced Zeus is causing these visions and the breakdown of Alena's mind. To appease his Father, the God of Gods, Ares enters into a wicked blood pact ensuring the safety of his wife and unborn son. A pact that could cost the God of War everything he holds dear.

However, once the boy arrives, it quickly becomes clear Raven may be the most powerful and cunning Olympian ever born. Outwardly despised by Zeus for his Fey blood and his filthy Celtic mother the seeds of rage and doubt are planted in the Raven's mind by a very willing Apollo.

As Zeus, Apollo, and Aphrodite plot against the new family, bit by bit the true pasts of the Olympians and Celts comes to light, the battle begins for Raven’s mind and soul and for the ultimate control of Olympus."

Before Ares could shout to his Son that was enough, a great gust of wind swirled around in the small room. It blew back his hair and then pushed against him with such force he had to fight to stand his place. Alena's beautiful gray eyes closed as her arms splayed out at her sides, one with the palm open and the other choking the staff. The point of the spear wavered in the strong wind as Raven struggled to stay pitched forward as the growing gale threatened to lift him off his knees and toss him across the room. Raven countered, his young hands glowing with an eerie blue light as they began freezing to the staff, the new ice ball growing between them. This one was twice the size of the other and if he hit her with it at this close range, Raven might well kill his mother.

Without any warning, the wind seemed to turn on Alena; it lifted her body upward from the small of her back to her shoulders, bringing her throat dangerously close to the tip of the spear. Suddenly her eyes opened to reveal only the whites. As though she could see through them, they shifted to Raven's hands and then back to his face. Amazingly, Alena's lips turned into a cold grin that fixed Raven's stare to her face while she lifted the staff and then brought it crashing down to the marble floor with such force the echo was deafening. Raven flew off her. The staff left his stunned hand, the ice ball retreated, and he hit the stones of the fire pit with such force that they shattered. Before the boy or his Father knew what was happening, Alena, her eyes still showing only the whites, was standing over Raven with her staff pointing at his throat and her foot on his heart. "Yield," she whispered as the wind whipped around them, tossing bits of dust into Ares' eyes.

Angry at having had victory snatched so cruelly from his grasp, Raven stared up her as he shielded his eyes from the biting wind. "Uncle," he spat.

It took a few moments but the wind subsided, Alena stumbled backward on unsteady feet before the whites of her eyes rolled down and she looked out at the world through those luminescent pearls of gray.

"Wow," Ares muttered, stroking his beard trying to digest everything he'd seen. Magick was not normally part of Alena and Raven's sparring routine; she was afraid to use it even though he'd tried to tell her that he could counter any damage she might do. No matter what he did he couldn't coax her into it, so magick was off-limits when they sparred. Today when Raven unexpectedly threatened her with it, Alena didn't hesitate to answer the call.

Catching her breath and feeling a wave of nausea wash over her, Alena looked down at Raven, who looked up her angry and afraid. "Are you ok?" She reached out a hand to him but Raven batted it away.

"Fine, mom." Jumping to his feet in a quick move, he brushed off the dirt and debris from his bare skin. Instead of stepping up and congratulating his mother, when she turned her back to him to look at Ares, Raven let an ice ball fly from his hand to strike her in the back of the head, splitting it open as it brought her to her knees. "Take that, you whore."

Lisa has been married for the last 25 years to her wonderful husband, Roy. The two live in New London, CT where they raised two (now adult) daughters.

Lisa proudly boasts that her writing career began in her junior high school years, around the 7th grade. A fact which her fellow students adored but often got her called down to the Guidance Counselor's Office to discuss her stories. Not deterred by the counselors but instead spurred onward by them, her teachers, and her classmates, Lisa continued to hone her craft throughout those formative years.

She is the winner of more than 20 awards for her previous works in the Stargate SG-1 and House, MD fandoms, including the prestigious Blue Moon Awards and White Board Awards.

Leaving fandom stories behind and returning to her roots as an all-original hard-hitting author of dark and gritty romance today Lisa brings conflict, passion, love, and suspense to unique couples through her full length novels. Read full bio here.

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