Thank you to Dimitri Sarantis, author of ‘Deep blue eyes on the Greek Isles’ a suspenseful romance which will take your breath away, for inviting me to share my answers to the following questions on this blog tour.
1) What is the working title of your book?
Sirens of Santorini
2) Where did the idea come from for your book?
I’ve always been obsessed with mermaids and mythology and feel most at ease by the sea, particularly in Santorini where I like to believe the mythical Atlantis lies beneath the cobalt waters of the caldera. It’s a magical place that has a long history and stories to tell.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult/Paranormal romance/magic realism/fantasy/mythology
4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
The feisty young protagonist Misia would be perfectly portrayed by Emma Roberts, her misguided mother Melusina by the sultry Monica Belluci, and Jeremy Irvine as the love interest Andoni for Misia.
5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Sirens of Santorini is about 3 generations of women struggling to free themselves from an ancient curse and a young woman’s search for her mythical heritage to find her place, her power, her myth.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I have not decided yet which way I’ll go though I have very definite ideas about the sort of book I’m creating and do not want to compromise on my dream.
7) How long did it take for you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started it three years ago but have been stalled by work, study and family commitments.
In the meantime I have had had my poetry published, written short stories, appeared at spoken word events and at writers festivals.
It’s a story very close to my heart and I’ve been living and breathing it everyday and writing it slowly but I need to make the physical and metaphorical journey back to Santorini to complete it. I’m taking a year off work as a teacher to journey back to my ‘Ithaca’, to where it all began and to where it will be completed.
8) What other books would you compare this story to?
It’s like no other story told before yet there are parallels to The little Mermaid and every other fairytale, fable or myth about mermaids ever told before but mine is a modern story with roots in ancient Greek, Irish and other European myths about female water spirits. I hope to bring something new to the myths and create a tale that resonates with a new audience.
9) Who or what inspired you to write the book?
I’ve always been drawn to the sea, its mysteries, its mythology, the power of the ocean and the spirituality and stories that ripple there.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s set in Santorini and Australia, involves 3 generations of women though focuses on the young woman’s journey to unravel the mystery, break the curse and set herself and the other Sirens free.
Please visit my fellow myth lovers and storytellers to read their answers on their blogs next week on the 12th of December.