Sixteen-year-old Raven Weir has a somewhat normal life until she receives a mysterious necklace…a necklace others are willing to kill her to get because it contains the key codes to Atlantis. Now she finds she’s the only one standing between Atlantis and those who want to use the power hidden there to take over the world.
And Zeus is at the head of that line.
On top of worrying about social acceptance at school, Raven has to get control of her growing powers before she harms someone. And it doesn’t help that the alpha Hellhound at school is attracted to her while members of his pack are trying to kill her. And then there’s the whole biological parent issue. Finding out you’re adopted is huge, but discovering you’re actually the daughter of Medusa and Poseidon will definitely cause problems.
Will Raven find the inner strength she needs to survive?
Will she be able to protect Atlantis?
Today, I’m so happy to have the author of Guardian of Atlantis, Annie Rachel Cole, joining us! She is going to share a little about how she came up with the idea of blending mythology and science fiction together in her book.
A Blend of Mythology and Science Fiction
By Annie Rachel Cole
When I came up with the idea of Medusa having a daughter, I didn’t want to just retell the Medusa myth. I wanted my story to be different—for Raven Weir, Medusa’s daughter, to be unique. All sorts of possibilities rolled around in my head, but none were really what I wanted. During this time I happened to watch a documentary on Atlantis. I also watched a television show about the theory that the Greek gods/goddesses were actually aliens from another world.
Ideas really started bouncing around my head, and the background I needed for Medusa’s daughter started piecing itself together as I created histories for the Greek gods and monsters—histories that had roots in alien technology and genetic research.
Incorporating science fiction elements was a natural move on my part. It made sense, because it allowed me to create a plausible reality for the Greek gods. It gave me the unique background I wanted for Raven—a background she deserved and would have to discover.
My easy turn to science fiction is because it is another favorite of mine. I fell in love with Star Trek at a very early age, watching the reruns every chance I got. Then there was the Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, Logan’s Run (tv series), Buck Rogers—I watched them all. Star Wars was the hot movie of the time. I never got to go watch it in the theater, but I got my hands on the book and devoured it along with everything else I could find in the school library.
It’s just wonderful to have the opportunity today to ask Annie a few questions about herself and her work.
Are you writing in just one genre?
I am writing for the young adult audience, but I’m not writing in solely one genre. My stories are a blend. There are elements of fantasy, science fiction, some romance, and even some horror. But isn’t that what life is—a blend of everything?
How many books will be in the series?
I don’t have a definite number. I know for sure there will be two more books because I’m working on the ideas/outlines.
Which character is your favorite?
Which character is your least favorite?
Jay Knight – he is the worst kind of bully–just plain mean and jealous of his younger brother, Ethan because Ethan is the leader of the teen Hellhound pack at the high school, and hates Raven because Ethan has declared she’s his mate.
What scene triggers some sort of deep emotions from within you as you wrote it?
That scene would have to be when Raven realizes the person she’s always called mom is missing. My mom was killed in a car crash several years ago. I remember walking into her house, looking around, realizing she was gone, and dealing with the emotions that came with the realization.
Guardian of Atlantis is the first book in the series, but your second book, Wrath of Hades is now out. Tell us a little about that book.
Wrath of Hades picks up a few weeks after Guardian of Atlantis ends. Raven is dealing with the consequences of her actions, problems with her powers, and all the stuff Hades is doing in his efforts to reclaim her soul and get control of Atlantis.
Annie, thank you so much for stopping by. It’s great to have you here today!
Would you like to read an excerpt?
Here is the link to Chapter One: