Medusa, A Love Story is my debut novel, this is my first blog tour, and this is my first stop on my first tour.
I thought I’d answer a question that I’ve been asked (a lot): Why a love story about Medusa?
I’m a fan of epic, sweeping stories. Bring on the pain and suffering, the drama, the anguish – the more the better as far as I’m concerned. Of course, there has to be a satisfying ending. Feeling warm and fuzzy is great – but, for me, that’s not a requirement to complete a story. I don’t need my characters to ride off into the sunset, for my heroine to be rescued by a knight on a white horse, to have closure at the stories end.
Add in that fact that Greek mythology is a weakness of mine. I’ll read and watch anything touching on it. And Medusa… well, hers is such a tragic tale. We all know what happens to Medusa, right? And the novel doesn’t change that. I tried to use ‘established myth’, throw in some actual history, and develop a ‘what if’ scenario that makes the evil monster into a woman we could feel for.
Once I started, I couldn’t stop. Medusa, A Love Story was the first all-consuming story I’ve ever written. I went to bed thinking about my characters and woke up with new pages aching to be written. And when it was done I was pleased with the romantic, violent, sad, yet complete story I’d written. I hope readers will get as lost in the story as I did when I was writing it.
Thank you so very much for having me here today!
Thanks for stopping by Sasha!
It's said love can change a person. Medusa wasn't always a monster...
Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She's no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves... and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.
Ariston goes to war with a full heart... and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.
Poseidon will use Greece's war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.
"This tragic and beautiful retelling of one of the world's oldest stories tackles the eternal battle between duty and happiness. Medusa, A Love Story broke my heart then filled in the cracks with joy. Sasha Summers is simply a mesmerizing new talent." ~Stephanie Dray, Author of the critically acclaimed Song of the Nile
She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so.
Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.
Sasha is an active member of RWA and several Texas Chapters. A self-proclaimed movie-addict, she is full of all sorts of useless movie tidbits and trivia.