I am honored today to have author Lisa Gail Green as a guess star. She is one of several contributors to the anthology PLAYTHINGS OF THE GODS, which gives us a new twisty POV on the classic Greek myths. Cue the spotlight…
Leslie: Lisa, tempt me with the anthology, especially your story.
Lisa: PLAYTHINGS OF THE GODS includes retellings of Greek myths for a modern young adult audience. Some of the stories are a bit edgy - which I love. Mine is called CURSED, and is the story of Cassandra and Agamemnon, if Cassandra were a modern day teenager. Not familiar with it? Cassandra was cursed to see the future, but have no one believe her. That's enough to drive anyone insane if you think about it.
Leslie: What was your path to being included in this work?
Lisa: Some writers don't try to go the short story route, but I've always been eager to publish in any form, and in fact my first publications were poems and short stories in E-zines. It's a great outlet for writing, and I really do credit it with helping give me enough confidence to pursue writing as a profession. This particular opportunity came via our critique partner, Julie Musil, who passes on any paranormal calls to me. Thanks, Julie!! I remember being really intrigued by the idea of retelling a Greek Myth, and didn't have a whole lot of time before the deadline. But I work well under pressure, and saw it as a challenge. It never hurts to try, if you don't you can't succeed. I chose this particular story because it is one of the lesser-travelled stories lately, and I worked on the play Agamemnon in college, which really left an impression on me.
Leslie: How can we get our hands on the anthology?
Lisa: Why through the amazing interweb of course! Here's the link:
It will soon be available via Amazon, Apple, and B&N as well. But if you want a chance at winning a free copy come visit my blog http://paranormalpointofview.blogspot.com/ and enter. I'm throwing in a critique too, so it's a pretty good deal.
Leslie: What are you thoughts on the e-book format?
Lisa: Good question! E-books have taken off in an unbelievable way, so there is no longer any doubt as to their legitimacy. Traditional bookstores are in danger, and Amazon has reported greater EBook sales than paperback sales. I think it's fantastic that teens are discovering new ways to enjoy reading. Whatever gets books into their hands I'm in favor of. Heck - I LOVE my Kindle. I still have a special spot in my heart for paper books, and collecting those that are my faves, but I also see E-books as an exciting step forward in the publishing industry.
Thanks for having me on your blog, Leslie! Nice place...
THANK YOU, Lisa and congratulations.
Okay everyone, let’s hit that link and go Greek! For another tasty treat go visit Lisa’s blog: PARANORMAL POINT OF VIEW.