Hi guys! I’ve been lucky enough to interview an Aussie author today, whose book Nymph debuted last month with Walker Books Australia. I’m a huge fan of mythology and fantasy, so when I heard this book was about Greek mythology, I couldn’t stop the premature gushing.
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Series: The Love Oracles #1
Author: Tonya Alexandra
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Young-Adult
Publication Date: 1st February 2014
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Synopsis: “An idyllic Greek island. Obsessed demigods. A fallen nymph. A mortal boy. Merope, a beautiful but faded star nymph, is banished to Earth for displeasing the gods. She tries to fit in, go to school and live a normal “human” life. And then she meets Lukas … but relationships between men and goddesses are forbidden. Will their love grow? Or will Merope and Lukas feel the wrath of the gods?” (Taken from Goodreads)
Interview with Tonya Alexandra
1. Hi Tonya, thank you so much for taking the time out to participate in this interview. Let’s get started shall we? What was the first story you remember writing on your hospital green typewriter?
Fairy stories. I was obsessed with fairies. I’ve always loved make-believe. When I was a teenager I wrote about madness instead, usually artists who did foolhardy things or bizarre circus creatures. Never anything real or ordinary. I liked to leave people thinking ‘what the hell was that about?’ I understand now, that gets a bit frustrating for the poor reader.
2. Just from your ‘About Me’ section, I can tell you’ve led a very colourful life! How many jobs have you held before you realised you were destined to be a writer? And how did these jobs influence you to take on the writer’s path?
All my jobs have involved some aspect of writing; my first job in Prague I wrote press releases, for the publishing company I wrote sales kit info, for the internet company I wrote advertisements, for Adobe I wrote website copy, as a travel writer I wrote articles. As you can see the writing became more and more interesting – so I began to realise, maybe I could write a novel (or three!) But it was only when I had my children that I had the time to sit down and write Nymph.
3. I love Greek mythology! Who is your favourite Greek god/goddess/hero/heroine? (Besides Merope of course!)
In my series I love Hermes, because I’ve made him a prankster and a very cheeky god. He is also the god of literature and writing so he has to be my fav!
As for goddesses, I like the more obscure evil ones, like Eris, goddess of strife and chaos and Aporia, the spirit of difficulty and powerlessness. Mischief is always more fun!
4. What are your writing plans for when you finish The Love Oracles trilogy? Will you delve out of the mythology genre?
I am working on something different at the moment. It is not mythology but it does rely on suspended disbelief. I would love to write more on Mythology because it is so intriguing, but I had to get this other story, let’s call it ‘olive’, out of my system first. She was really bugging me to tell her tale!
5. What is one thing you’d like to tell all the budding authors out there that are currently writing and hoping to be published one day?
Enjoy the process of writing – it’s the best part!
I think there is a lot of pressure on young people to achieve huge things at a young age. (I’m thinking of Lorde, Flume, Justin B) I say – don’t worry if you haven’t written a book by the time you’re twenty! You need life experience – heartache, tragedy, love, pain – to understand your characters and their motivations. So go and experience life – write bits down for sure – but live your life first!
Thank you so much Tonya!