A Tale of Medea
Morgan St. Knight
Genre: Paranormal/urban fantasy
Number of pages: 276
Word count: 107,000
The ancient world's most notorious sorceress has just become the modern world's only hope for survival.
How do you fight a god of light who has been seduced by darkness? That’s the challenge Medea Keres must meet. Posing as a wealthy young heiress in modern day Atlanta, no one knows she is the original Medea, the sorceress from ancient Greek legends.
As priestess of the witch goddess Hecate, Medea is charged with hunting demons that would otherwise overrun the world. Now she must face a far greater adversary. One of the twelve shining Olympian gods has turned rogue, violating the edict against human sacrifice. As the body count quickly rises, Medea knows her enemy is getting stronger.
With the help of the underworld nymph Orphne and the hero-god Heracles, she must find a way to unmask the evil so that the other Olympians will take action.
But as she probes deeper into a blood-soaked labyrinth of suspense and intrigue, Medea finds a net of deceit and treachery that will require all of her cunning to escape.
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His hands found my arms again, but I pulled back slightly so I could take off my shirt. Knowing exactly where this was going, and having no compunction about it, I quickly slipped out of my jeans.
He tentatively raised a hand to touch my stomach, giving me petal-soft caresses. Odd how such a light touch could make me feel even more urgent...
“Shouldn’t do this,” he murmured, very unconvincingly. The argument really fell flat when he reached around my back and drew me down again.
We explored each other, touching, tasting, each move more certain, more insistent. Within a few moments I was completely naked, thanks to some surprisingly skillful moves on his part.
A low vibration shook through me, and it took a moment to realize it wasn’t just my response to him. A brief flash of light came from the darkened laundry area next to the finished portion of the basement, followed by another low thrum. There were windows in there; it must be a late-season thunderstorm.
His attentions quickly drew my focus back where it belonged. My breathing was getting more labored, and his was absolutely ragged. The hunger quickly grew, and it was as delicious as the method of satisfying it promised to be.
The thunder was coming closer and more quickly as the storm intensified. It seemed to mirror the waves of our passion. He was clinging to me as if he had no other hold on the world. Maybe, at that moment, he didn’t.
It was too much. I had to do something—now.
I moved over him, feeling him ready. He slipped into me easily, so smoothly that I briefly marveled at it. But that idle musing quickly flew out the window as rational thought gave way to pure sensation. We were moving together now, a tandem race to reach a goal we both wanted badly. We weren’t separate any longer, but one.
The lights in the basement flickered just as the first spasms of release began from deep inside me. Such delightful little tickles, but they quickly intensified until they were clutching me. We were half-sitting at that point, and suddenly I felt my insides giving way as I fell back, my legs and arms wrapped around him, bringing him down on top of me.
I moaned over and over, a staccato tattoo that made my throat feel raw. The thunder crashed outside, a counterpoint to my screams. He was groaning too, deeply, as if he was experiencing pain as well as pleasure.
He started jerking against my grasp. “No—”
“YES!” I screamed as my legs pulled him closer. He gave a wordless gasp, then a short cry. Another, and another. His grip around me tightened, making it nearly impossible for me to draw in a breath. I felt myself getting lightheaded.
Wave after wave of release surged through me, concentric circles of pure pleasure. The thunder outside was so loud now my ears rang.
He stiffened, and I felt his own release as a scream broke from him. Thunder crashed again and again as the lights flickered, faded, came back. His grip was crushing me, but I didn’t care.
I could feel huge spasms across his back, as he bucked and sank into me. But it wasn’t just a normal response. No, not by a long shot. We were locked in such a tight embrace that I could see clearly over his shoulder. Slowly, something filled my vision as my body shuddered from seemingly endless spasms.
Just before another flash of lightning sent the lights in the room out for good, I saw an enormous pair of white wings emerging from his back.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
When I was very young I wanted to be a genie, because I thought it would be cool to live in a bottle like the one on “I Dream of Jeannie”. Then I went through the astronaut and spaceship officer phases thanks to the reruns of the original “Star Trek” series. About third or fourth grade, I decided I wanted to be a journalist and fiction writer. I wanted to be both, not just one or the other. (But yeah, I’d still like to have a bedroom tricked out like Jeannie’s bottle)
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I put the finishing touches on the first draft of “Curse of Prometheus”. It was completing the project, not just starting it, that made it feel real to me.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I started writing the book in 2005, got the first draft done in 2006, was totally unsatisfied with it, ripped it apart and rewrote it from the ground up, then I let it sit for several years before finally picking it up, revamping it again, and publishing it early this year.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I was a journalist for 25 years. I worked for HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) in several positions including writer, producer, copy editor, and for a time in the late 90’s as a supervising producer for an offshoot called CNN Airport Network. I left HLN late last year and now I’m focusing full time on writing for awhile.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
“Curse of Prometheus: a tale of Medea”. Summary: The ancient world’s most notorious sorceress has just become the modern world’s only hope for survival. People can find out more about it at www.talesofmedea.com
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I self-published this book.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
If I’m working straight through and don’t put it on hold for several years (like I did this one), perhaps a little less than a year. The first draft, and then the re-write of “Curse of Prometheus”, took about a year each. If I focus, I can do a rough chapter every couple of days (not including time for revisions). Then there’s editing, test reads, layout work… that takes almost as long as writing it!
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m now working on the sequel to “Curse of Prometheus”, and hope to have it out early next year. The sequel introduces another character who will get her own spin-off series. That series is also underway, and hopefully the first book in that series also will be ready early next year. It’s urban fantasy too. I’ve been toying with a sci-fi book as well, but that’s still in the beginning stages.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I love the idea of bringing characters from myth and fantasy into the modern day, but all too often I see them watered down and made almost cartoonish. I blame the “Hercules” series with Kevin Sorbo for starting that trend, at least as far as the Greek gods are concerned. I wanted to write a series that gives them back their original power and majesty. You will never see an Olympian god saying “Sheesh!” in one of my books.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Well, Medea certainly. I like her because of her mythological backstory. She’s smart, bold, and you don’t mess with her. No indeed, you do NOT mess with Medea at all.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
Since grade school. I wasn’t really inspired so much as ordered to write by teachers. However, I found I liked it, and by high school I was writing short stories and poems. But I did it for my own pleasure. I never submitted them anywhere for publication.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Typically I get up, check the news and email online and do small chores so my day (and my conscience) is clear. Then in the late morning I get myself something to eat, sit down at the computer, and don’t stop until the task at hand is done. Most days it’s a chapter of the sequel to “Curse of Prometheus”. I’m so focused that I don’t bother with music or television in the background.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Not really, although I certainly appreciate people who take the time to do them. But I’m doing this to write the books I want to write. With “Curse of Prometheus” I read and revised the book again and again, and only when I was satisfied did I publish it. Then, I let it go. I accept that some people will like my style and many more will not. With this book in particular I expect a backlash because some people will be scandalized by certain elements. For the record, I don’t read reviews of other authors’ books either. I used to, but then found I all too often liked books that other people panned. Whether I’m the writer or the reader, I go with my instinct, not with what other people say.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I choose the title when I’m doing the loose outline and story arc for the book, but I’m always open to changing it.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
The names of most of the characters in this book are from Greek mythology. I did insist on using the name Heracles instead of Hercules, since that was his name in Greek myths. Hercules was the Roman variant. The names of the humans just come to me. The places in “Curse of Prometheus” are a combination of real and composite places based on several locations around Atlanta, where the book takes place.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Since most of the characters in this book are based on actual mythological figures, the names were no problem. In cases where the place was made up, the creation came right along with the name. “I need a church…OK, here’s what the church looks like, and it’s called St. Helen’s.” It’s a very quick process.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
The major traits I outline first, but then the characters take over and tell me what they’d say, do, and feel in a given situation.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Well, maybe. I cast Medea as the hero, the person who’s trying to save the world. Most people see her as a one-dimensional villainess. I think the moral is “Don’t believe everything you hear about a person. Judge them by their actions.”
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I used to insist on physical copies. Now I’m going through a period where downsizing is a must and I’ve fallen in love with eBooks.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
“D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths”. I got it in second grade, and it was my first introduction to Greek Mythology. And, by the way, the first place where I read about Medea. It opened so many doors for my imagination that I can’t even see myself being the person I am today if I hadn’t read it. I read it again and again growing up.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Hard one for me, because I don’t typically read books AND see the movie. I was sorely disappointed in the “Interview with the Vampire” movie and the TV movie adaptation of “Mists of Avalon”, so now, I’d rather just see the movie or read the book. Not both. I went to the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” movies, but didn’t read the books.
Your favorite food is?
Any Indian vegetarian dish
Your favorite singer/group is?
Stevie Nicks (yes I know it’s a cliché but I fell in love with her music in high school, before rumors of her association with witchcraft came out!)
Your favorite color is?
Clear. If we wore nothing but Saran Wrap, and everyone could see us as we really are, the number of insufferable people would drop dramatically.
Your favorite Author is?
Changes frequently, but right now Alys Clare and her Hawkenlye mysteries.
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Morgan St. Knight live in Atlanta, and is a lifelong student of mythology, the occult, and comparative religion. With more than 25 years of experience as a journalist, Morgan enjoys the occasional foray into fantasyland to escape the grim realities of life. He is currently working on the sequel to "Curse of Prometheus" and is developing a second paranormal series which also takes place in the South.