Having already read and reviewed Dreamwalker, I asked if author Andrea Heltsley would tell me about Persephone. In Dreamwalker, Persephone is not the innocent maiden we know from Greek Mythology class. This Persephone is dark and and evil mastermind. So I asked if Andrea based her new Persephone on myths and legends they don't teach in modern Greek Mythology classes or if Andrea's evil Persephone was the author's characterizations. Her answers are below.
A: I used the run of the mill myths for this story regarding Persephone. I researched and used the pieces of the myth that seemed consistent throughout them.
A: I added my own twist to the story of Persephone by making her a more evil character. I know she was innocent in the beginning, but if she was still around now, things would be different. All that time with the king of the underworld would have to have had some effect on Persephone. I chose to give her an evil undertone and make her a good antagonist.
A: My inspiration for the portrayal of Persephone was two-fold. I wanted an immortal antagonist, but needed someone I could explore more and in later books in the series as well. I didn’t want the main thematic element in the story to be strictly about a run of the mill supernatural like vampires, wolves or fairies.
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I am a biology nerd who decided it was more fun writing than dissecting. I have written two novels and my third will be out this summer. I live on coffee and read like a robot. My husband and two italian greyhounds usually have to tear me away from the computer...imagine that. :)