I’m a history nut. I’m also a mythology nut. The wonderful thing about being a writer is to be able to reconfigure past reality however you like. Or take a past event and bring it into our own time.
What reality would you bring forward? What era calls to that romantic ‘inner you’?
My favorite time is ancient Egypt. Why Egypt? I guess the romantic concept of a man who is also a god, is hard to go past – especially if that god can succumb to love.
In their art, the Egyptians embodied the alpha hero. Almost every depiction of Pharaoh is one of the physically perfect, potent male, valiantly striding forward to take command. And pharaohs did command. Like most alphas, the world was theirs to control. Wholly and completely. It is difficult to imagine such power.
Yet from our modern perspective, the idea delights our imaginations.
And the women were also portrayed as ideal. So we can’t really berate our obsession with perfect magazine images. Airbrushed and idealistic depictions have been around since the dawn of time. Which says a lot about our ‘human’ psyche, I think.
Perhaps this is why fiction, and especially romance, holds such appeal for us as both writers and readers. We can indulge our imagination and be whatever we want to be; love whoever we want to love; be desired by the most dangerous of men or step across those invisible barriers into places of taboo. And enjoy them all without guilt or consequences.
Egypt, like most times of the distant past is a time fertile with promise for a writer. Because we know relatively little about the world in which the everyday person lived, we can overlay it with all our desires, all our fears, fill it with our demands and prejudices. And all with a happy ending!
Next time you read a book set in a different era, ask yourself what attracts you about this time. What magic draws you?
J A Lesley
Paige loves stories about myths and monsters but she never thought she’d become part of one. When Paige’s crazy Welsh aunt sends her the last in a series of ancient talismans for her fifteenth birthday gift, her whole world turns upside-down. Cam, the new boy in school has mystical secrets too and when he sees Paige’s birthday gifts he realizes his grandfather’s warnings weren’t nonsense, after all. Danger looms in the form of Balor and his band of sea monsters. Along with friends Tegan and Jacko, Paige and Cam must learn how to wield their mysterious powers if they are to protect their treasures, their families and maybe even the world
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- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Parker Publishing (March 25, 2011)
- ISBN-10: 1460995988
- ISBN-13: 978-1460995983