Ladies and gentlemen, it is my extraordinary pleasure and ultimate joy (insert many OMG YOU GUYS’s here ) to share with you my very first novel, The Dark Wife–released today~
Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth.
Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.
Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny.
But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.
The Dark Wife is now available in many formats!
The Dark Wife is a YA novel, a lesbian revisionist retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth, and I have been working on it in some way, shape or form for over five years. I wrote it for many reasons–growing up as a gay kid, I had no role models or hardly any instances where I could see positive GLBT examples in popular culture. Things have gotten a lot better now, but most YA books (arguably, the genre that most youth read) still have straight main characters. In The Dark Wife, there is absolutely no issue that Persephone loves girls, which I think is also something that YA fiction is lacking. Most books out there are issue books–meaning, it’s an issue that the characters are gay, either because they have to come out, they’re bullied etc. I believe that there is a place for those books and that they continue to be needed, but that we need to start evolving in the YA genre. Books influence culture which influences humanity. If issue gay YA books continue to be written, we’ll never move forward, it’ll remain an issue, and the cycle will continue into itself.
Why did I decide to retell the Persephone/Hades myth as gay? Persephone is a very old story, a Greek myth, about the horrible things that can happen to girls and about having no choice–hardly the stuff of empowerment. But there are stories about the older versions of the myth–that Persephone chose to go down with Hades into the Underworld because she loved him. There are also old stories that the much maligned goddess Hec/kate evolved into the god Hades. There were many “aha!” moments along the road to seeing the inherent possibilities of the GLBT within the myth, but the very base answer is that–from the youngest age–I’m not sure why, but I thought of Persephone as gay. In the older versions of the story, there are such glimmers of her courage and tenacity, and I wanted to bring them to the forefront of a story and build it from the ground up. In The Dark Wife, I haven’t just changed Hades’ sex–how I have told the story, possibly it could have happened this way. (But you can read more about that here in my blogpost: These Are Not Your Stories.)
I decided to also offer a free option of reading The Dark Wife, via downloading a PDF on my site. Because there is not enough GLBT literature out there for teens, I wanted any who wanted to be able to read my book to be able to. It is a free link to share wherever you wish. If you read and loved the book this way, and are able to, I would appreciate a donation via my site above, but it’s not necessary. From the very beginning, The Dark Wife was a labor of love.
However you read my book, I hope you enjoy it with all my heart~ <3
The Dark Wife Giveaway!
Since I am an indie author, word of mouth is absolutely key to making this book a success. Any tweet, blog entry or Facebook mention of The Dark Wife with links either back here or to the Amazon page or Oceanid.org, or–really–whichever page you prefer, would be appreciated greatly! Appreciated so much in fact, that if you comment here with the link (or, for Facebook, simply the mention that you’ve done it–I trust you! ), puts you in the running for the following!
- A print copy of The Dark Wife
- A labradorite necklace made by yours truly–a copy of the one that Hades gives to Persephone in the book~
- A sample vial of The Dark Wife perfume oil made for me by The Misery/Love Co.. There is only one bottle of this perfume in existence in the world! It was created for me to wear while writing the book, and is one of my favorite perfumes EVER–it is amazingly beautiful~ <3 It smells like this: Crushed rose petals, bitter myrrh, honey wine, red sandalwood, dry palmarosa grasses, black pepper, dragon’s blood, six pomegranate arils, and a fresh hint of new tears.
I will draw a winner on May 24th, a week from today, so you have a week to post about it! Again, please comment here saying you’ve posted about The Dark Wife (with a link~!) to put you in the running!
Edited to add, 5-24-11: And the winner of The Dark Wife giveaway is Patrise! Thank you so much to everyone for entering~!
Also, please note that my best friend, Madeline Claire Franklin’s novel, The Poppet and the Lune has been released today as well! It is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read, and I recommend it with all my heart. It is an original fairy tale about a patchwork girl, and a boy who cried wolf…and became one. Read, enjoy, love~ <3