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The Oracle of Delphi Series: Modernizing the Greek Gods
This was actually a lot harder than it seems.
The Oracle of Delphi series takes place in modern times so I felt the gods had to be modern too. And not just in their attire, but in their speech and mannerisms too. This was sometimes difficult because I wanted them to keep their “ancient” quality as well. It was quite the balancing act.
Take Apollo, god of the Sun, for instance. He’s a rockstar with dreadlocks and tattoos, yet I feel he still radiates with archaic power. Dionysus owns a nightclub, Hermes wears his hats flipped backward, and Artemis is…well…wild. I don’t want to spoil all the fun, but you get the picture I think. Even in their speech, they’re very in on the times. I just adore the way Apollo and Dio(nysus) talk.
One great thing about the series is that the gods are still as manipulative and untrustworthy as they were in the myths. Turn your back for a second and there’s no telling what they might do. Talk about stuck in your ways! They haven’t changed a bit in all the centuries they’ve been around! But that’s half the fun of it. It’s what gives the dieties their historical value, in a sense.
I make it sound pretty simple, but it wasn’t. Finding the perfect balance was a pain because it was so important that I get it right. From what I’m hearing, I did a pretty good job of it, but there’s still so much more to come! Can’t wait!
Describe your book in 3 words.
Magical, Epic, and Hilarious.
What inspired you to write a mythological novel? Did it come from a book, an item you saw, a person, or even an experience you had in your life?
I simply have a love for mythology. It’s fascinating and fun and I was intrigued by all the different characters and myths I was going to get to play around with. I have a pretty wild imagination and mythology allows me to push it to the limit.
Most books about Greek mythology concentrate on the demigods or the gods themselves. What made you go out of the norm and focus on the oracle?
I felt the Oracle wasn’t getting her chance to shine. She’s always a minor character in most books and I wanted to put her in the spotlight. In ancient times, the Oracle was a major part of society and her prophecies and omens were taken very seriously. That gets downplayed in most books, but in mine, everything the Oracle (Chloe) says is seen as law. I really enjoy that aspect of it.
If you were to write another novel that isn’t in the genre you write about now, what would it be about and what genre would it be?
Well, my next series is Romance though there will be a good dose of fantasy in it. I would say it’s a Steampunk Romance overall though. I’m kind of hush on the details right now though lol.
Did you always see yourself as a writer?
Funny thing is, no. I was always a reader but never an avid writer, though I was always pretty good at it. But as it stands now, I couldn’t see myself being anything else. I became really serious about writing in college and the rest is history.
-Favorite god/goddess: Cupid is my fave!
-Current read: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I won it from Entangled!)
-Weirdest hobby: I don’t really have a weird HOBBY. But I do color code my closet. Can’t have my clothes out of color order.
-Something people don’t usually know about you: I’m a karaoke champion. No, I’m so serious.
-Favorite childhood book: Baby-sitters Club series. Ah, man. The memories.
-Most effective pick-me-up: COFFEE. And lots of it.
-Go-to book when you’re in a reading rut: One of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books
About the Author
Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries. The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc.stories, and more.
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