A guest post by Jane Watson
I am so excited that Sing, Goddess! is finally out. I have loved Greek mythology from a very young age. I get my love of books and reading from my mother, and was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by books, including the illustrated D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths and several volumes of Greek mythology, such as the Anthology of Classical Myth translated from several ancient Greek scholars.
Loving Greek myths as I do, I have always been drawn to tv shows, books, and movies that are based on Greek myths, and I was even able to take a Greek Mythology class in college as one of my electives! (This was especially fun since, as an Art History major, I focused a lot on ancient art and took a lot of other classics classes to integrate with my major.) I was required to take studio art classes as well as art history courses, and I drew on Greek myths for several of my projects. As you can probably guess from the fact that I chose them as the subject for my short story, the myth of Ares and Aphrodite is one of my favorites, and I actually made two different art pieces incorporating them!
When my fellow authors and I at Snowy Wings were working on past anthologies (Magic at Midnight and A Touch of Magic), I kept thinking of how much fun it would be to put together another YA anthology, this time based on Greek mythology. Finally, when I announced that I was putting together Sing, Goddess! I was so excited to see the enthusiasm as people worked on their submissions. (If you want more information on my inspiration for the title, read the foreword in Sing, Goddess! *wink*)
This project has been so much fun to work on. When I was ordering the cover, I had a rough idea of what I wanted it to look like, and Qamber Designs went above and beyond to turn my idea into an absolutely gorgeous cover. Everyone’s short stories are amazing, and I was instantly drawn into each world they created for their story. Even though as we all pulled from the same pool of source material you may see certain Greek gods appear in several of our stories (*cough cough*, Zeus, anyone?) each story is so different, fresh, and imaginative, and it’s so incredible to see everyone’s own take on one figure from the myths.
I hope you will all enjoy Sing, Goddess! as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
About the Author
A voracious reader, Jane Watson has always been a fan of romance, fantasy, adventure and especially happy endings. She received her degree in Art History from the University of Puget Sound where she met many un-tameable dudebros. When she is not writing, Jane works at a museum. She likes to spend her free time doting on her menagerie of pets, riding her bike, crafting, and obsessively shopping for purses. Learn more about Jane at her website.