It began in the solarium of my grandparents’ house when I was growing up. I used to visit my grandparents every summer and every Christmas until my early twenties. While they were busy getting meals ready for the family, I’d sit in their sunroom and read through their old encyclopedia set. (This was long before they’d even heard of the Internet, let alone actually bought a computer.) Because their encyclopaedias were so ancient, most of the information in them was out-of-date, so I tended to drift towards more historical and mythological subjects: topics that don’t go obsolete very quickly. From those humble beginnings in small-town Ontario, a passion (some might say, “obsession”) for mythology was born.
I’m a big “underdog” person. I love rooting for the long-shot, the dark horse, and all the myths I read really painted Hera as a villain. But when you dig deeper, you realize she’s not just a mean-spirited tyrant. She had a rough life. Really rough. It was then I realized that, like most “villains,” Hera has her own story to tell, and if you understood things from her perspective, maybe she wouldn’t be such a villain. In fact, maybe she wouldn’t be a villain at all.
I’ve read a bit about lucid dreaming: the idea that people can take control of their dreams when they sleep. That was the genesis for the idea of a “Dreamer” in my world. It’s not from Greek mythology directly, but I think it works well in that setting. Ancient Greeks already had the idea of multiple worlds, or possibly dimensions: they believed in Olympus and Hades. Why not throw in a few extra places (like the Dreamlands) as well? More than that, I really like the idea that you can’t judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes to people: hence why, in my story, gods take mortal bodies and an ordinary kid could have godlike, Dreamer powers. I wanted to show readers a world where more is hidden than seen, where anything could exist just beneath the surface. 4) Given the cliff-hanger ending, it’s clear this isn’t the only book in the series. What else can we expect from Hera and the other gods? More. You can definitely expect more. :p Hera isn’t one to take defeat lying down. She may be bloodied; she may be bruised; she may even be exhausted, but she has a lot of fight left in her. She’s not going down easy. That said, if she’s going to win in the end against the forces of Chaos, she’ll need a lot of help from new gods and other allies and, who knows? Maybe she’ll need some familiar friends to pitch in again too.
The sequel to “Hera, Queen of Gods” will be out in October 2013: “Hera, Queen of Mortals.” Then, the hard part will be deciding whether to keep on with the series and write a third installment, or take a break and start fresh with some of the other ideas buzzing around my head. For example, I’ve written the first draft of a novel about a girl who grows up in a mysterious cult, but tries to break free when she realizes the truth about her “family.” Whichever direction I choose, I know I’ll have another urban fantasy novel out in 2014.
When he’s not battling to save Azeroth from its latest calamity, T.D. Thomas lives with six of his closest friends in a tiny house in the frosty north known as Canada. There, they are all ruled over by a little white dog named Teo, who firmly believes he’s a reincarnated Egyptian pharaoh and demands to be treated as such. T.D.’s favourite things include personal space, temperatures above 0 degrees Celsius, and cats who don’t take guff from pretentious little white dogs.
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