Today’s special guest is EB Black, author of Medusa’s Desire. Her wonderful debut novel blends mythology and steamy romance and is sure to be a bestseller.
Let’s take a look at the premise for Medusa’s Desire:
It all started the day her god raped her.
She transformed into an abomination through his touch. Her skin grew scales. Her eyes turned red. She screamed for help, but all who saw her became stone.
Medusa thought she would be alone forever, until the day a man came to kill her and fell in love instead. Now Perseus is running from those who hired him as he continues to love a girl who could kill him with a glance.
Please be sure to stick around after the interview. The author has generously provided an excerpt for our enjoyment!
Tricia: Hello, and thank you for joining us today, EB. Can you please tell us five unique things about yourself?
EB: 1. I hate the texture of cotton balls. I get a funny feeling when I touch them that makes me feel sick. I get the same feeling with popsicle sticks and gum wrappers.
2. I don’t own a car.
3. I play piano. I started composing music at the age of 8.
4. My teachers in public school didn’t teach the children how to read. My Mom had to hire a tutor for me or I would have grown-up illiterate.
5. I struggle with severe pain in my jaw. I can’t chew gum or eat certain things like steak anymore as a result.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
EB: I didn’t begin writing seriously until I was an adult, but I did write some stuff as a kid. I used to write a fake newspaper with fake articles, short stories, poems, crosswords, and word searches, all related to my town. I’d give it to my next door neighbor.
Her and her husband would sit around, reading it and enjoying it with me. Although they are in heaven now, I will always appreciate the encouragement they gave me.
Tricia: What is Medusa’s Desire about?
EB: It’s about a monster who fights her nature and wishes to reconnect with humans again. She falls in love and it’s difficult because she can never gaze at him in the eyes. There’s always this distance between the two of them because he can never truly look at her or he’ll die.
Tricia: What makes Medusa’s Desire different than other novels?
EB: I based it and the other novels I will be writing for the Death of Eros series on the actual myths. I followed them closely. My versions of the myths are supposed to be a twist on the real versions, like a secret that’s coming out that no one understood until now. Since Greeks love their tragedies, the books don’t always have happy endings.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for your novel?
EB: I was terrified of Medusa as a child. I was afraid she was real and that when she turned people into stone, she trapped their souls in their bodies.
When I grew-up and studied the myth, finding out that she was raped and abused by the gods-a misunderstood monster, I had to get to know her.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
EB: I’m working on a novella about Pandora’s box, which will be a fantasy romance called Pandora’s Mistake.
I’m also writing a trilogy about necromancers.
Tricia: What advice do you have for new or aspiring authors?
EB: The most important thing for a writer to be is self-motivated. No one will nag you to write your novel regularly, you will have to motivate yourself.
It’s also likely that you will face many rejections and frustrations throughout your career. You work on writing so much and get very little in return for a long time, but you have to keep picking yourself up and working on improving yourself every day.
I ran a web-site for awhile that was somewhat popular. All my friends had tried to do the same thing and their web-sites all stopped getting visitors. I had to keep promoting my site every day, adding content, and working hard on it. That’s why it took off, although I eventually deleted it.
Writing is the same way. Most of it is hard work and stubbornness-not good luck.
Tricia: That is really great advice. Where can my readers go to learn more about your work or to purchase your novel?
EB: Purchase on Amazon for 99 cents: http://www.amazon.com/Medusas-Desire-Death-Series-ebook/dp/B00ABMAW5K/