Thanks Suzanne for inviting me here. [You’re welcome! – Suzanne]
Mythology and heroic tales have long held a place in my heart. I can’t remember when I first discovered the Arthurian legends, but I recall a class or two in high school, especially those covering The Iliad and The Odyssey and reading T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. Later, in college, there were a few electives on the subject. One class introduced us to The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. Herein this most entertaining scholar covered myths from all angles and cultures—and he spoke extensively on the Arthurian myths.
Now, I’ve always been interested in that subject, so needless to say, I was hooked. When, a few years later, my university television station started a telecommute class on Campbell’s Transformations of Myth Through Time, I signed up.
Every single time their station has played the series since then, I watch it again always learning something new or being reminded of something I’d forgotten. If you take the time to seek it out, if you watch nothing else in the series, The Hero’s Journey episode is one not to be missed (You Star Wars fans, he talks about our favorite movie there). I’m telling you, go to the source. Seek this puppy out. Authors and non-authors can find much to ponder here.
A short time later, I discovered the Welsh Medieval tome The Mabinogion. If you’ve never encountered this book before it’s a collection of heroic and mythological stories of the Welsh people covering all manner of story-type from romance, to adventure, to stories of the adherence to oaths and tynghedau (equivalent to the Irish geas, otherwise known as something one is fated to do) and what happens when one breaks them. These stories and myths are the ancient tales from whence the Arthurian legends I so loved originated. I was hooked already but this was fuel for something, I just knew it.
As I sat down to write my new paranormal novel, The Artist’s Inheritance, I wondered, what if the doom comes to us? What if the gods come to our door and demand we keep our oaths? What then? So, in The Artist’s Inheritance, that’s the question I made my characters answer. I made an artist break a tynghedau from the gods, and bring the doom upon her family—a doom the family has forgotten through the ages leaving the duty to save them to the current generation—and a wife. 😉 Yeah, I changed that too. My heroine, Caitlin, makes this journey.
Does she succeed? I’ll have to let you find out for yourself.
Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.
When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.
About Juli D. Revezzo
Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and the special interest RWA chapter Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal. The Artist’s Inheritance is her first novel.
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I hope you’ll check out The Artist’s Inheritance, and enjoy it. And if you’ve never read Campbell’s books, I urge you to pick up some copies of those too. 😉 The Power of Myth, at least. I hope it inspires your journey as it has mine—and Caitlin’s.
Thanks, Suzanne, for inviting me here today! 😀