1. What is the working title of your book?
2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
This line, from The Greek Myths by Robert Graves:
Having learned his lesson [after killing the Cyclops], [Apollo] thereafter preached moderation in all things: the phrases ‘Know thyself!’ and ‘Nothing in excess!’ were always on his lips. He brought the Muses down from their home on Mount Helicon to Delphi, tamed their wild frenzy, and led them in formal and decorous dances.
I thought that sounded like all kinds of comedy and drama waiting to happen. And Thalia, who is conveniently paired with Apollo in one myth, has always been my favorite muse. Hence the short story that became the first chapter of A Snag in the Tapestry.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
The series is a fantasy dramedy. I’d put Snarled Threads under gay and lesbian, but not A Snag in the Tapestry so much since there are no prominent same-sex relationships. In A Snag in the Tapestry, Apollo’s bisexuality is only referred to, and Artemis and Athena’s will-they-or-won’t-they thing is just background stuff. In Snarled Threads, Apollo romances Adonis (who is also bisexual), and Artemis and Athena’s relationship takes center stage. Making one book gayer than the other was never a conscious decision. I’ve always just taken the story where it wanted to go, and will continue to do so.
4. Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
I had way too much fun with this question. I ended up casting pretty much everybody, and Thalia’s Musings has a huuuuuuuuge cast of characters. For now I’ll give you the leads.
As Thalia, Beth Riesgraf, most well-known as Parker from TNT’s Leverage.
She’d need black hair and brown contacts, of course, but she plays a cloudcuckoolander well enough to pull off the character. And if her short film A Standard Story is any indication, Beth is insane in real life, too. This delights me to no end.
As Apollo, Jesse Spencer, aka Doctor Robert Chase aka Beautiful Blond Aussie Dude from House.
The hair would be a bit longer – just past the shoulders – and his face would be completely smooth.
As Calliope, Anne Hathaway, most recently seen as Selina “Catwoman” Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises.
I think she and Beth could look like sisters with the right makeup.
Want to see who I cast as the rest of the Pantheon? Watch for more posts under the tag “Thalia’s Musings casting”.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Thalia the Muse of Comedy observes the comedy, drama, and tragedy of the ancient Greek Pantheon – but when she becomes more than a mere observer, the Fates take notice.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The series started as a webseries and is still available online for free. A Snag in the Tapestry and Snarled Threads were published independently for Kindle and NOOK. I’ll follow the same model with future volumes – publish them in serial format on the website for free, and sell them in complete volumes for e-readers.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I think the rough draft for A Snag in the Tapestry took about two and a half months. Snarled Threads had a lot of starts and stops because of health and other interruptions I was dealing with, so it’s hard to estimate how much actual writing time went into it.
8. What other books would you compare this story to?
I want to say the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan because it’s a mythology-based series people have actually heard of, but beyond the use of Greek gods as characters, they’re nothing alike. One review said A Snag in the Tapestry felt like watching Friends or Cougar Town set on Mount Olympus. I prefer Scrubs or How I Met Your Mother, but okay.
9. Who or what inspired you to write the book?
I did. I totally didn’t mean that. Thalia inspired it. Really. Let the record show that I am totes giving my Muse proper credit. I hate herding sheep.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Have you ever read another book that spoofed Aristophanes and Lady Gaga in the same gag? No, you have not.
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