Saturday, 2 November 2013

Salmacis

My inspiration for Salmacis was initially the Peter Gabriel-era Genesis song The Fountain of Salmacis. I'm a big fan of their album The Musical Box, and this is what brought the story of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus to my attention.I love the tale as regaled in Ovid's Metamorphoses Book IV.

The naiad Salmacis falls for Hermaphroditus, the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, and when he resists her rather forceful attentions, the nymph prays to Hera to allow them both to be joined forever.

I initially envisaged this as a screen play, but I am now in the long process of converting what I've done so far into prose. In the meantime, please see the below video, which is the words of Ovid put to googled images of the story and the sounds of Genesis.


Other Authors

In addition to my own writing, I'm proud to announce that I have been involved with the following authors' work in a copy editing capacity:


OLDMAN BROOK

The Wizard of Crescent Moon Mountain - available on Amazon and Goodreads
Finn and Beezle are elven children, flung forward in time, to a future in which their kind is now extinct. They are rescued by Greybeard the wizard and join his band of dwarfs, shape shifters, dragons and giants as they battle the mysterious Warrior and his goblin army that threaten to overrun the world of Everlast.


My review on Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed playing a part in editing Oldman's work and this children's fantasy novel takes familiar themes and weaves them into an entirely original plot. I fell in love with the characters and it makes me so proud to see the copies of this book in hardback and paperback on my bookshelf. I look forward to being further involved with his work and hope to see a sequel soon.


T. J. VALOUR

Paying the Piper - published on Diana Cachey's blog as a Hallowe'en special
In this short story you find yourself in the shoes of a regretful vampire, retracing her steps into dark places after inheriting an old companion's ancient castle.

Immortality Reborn - coming soon

I have been involved with T.J.'s work for a long time, and after meeting online through our mutual love of writing I consider her a good friend, despite the rather large pond between us. We have a mutual arrangement of editing each other's work and I am currently involved in editing her first complete full-length fiction novel.

Friday, 17 June 2011

About Me

I'm a thirty-something single mother, working in law for my day job. After growing up in a bleak coal mining village in the north-east of England, I moved further south to Lincolnshire, but then it didn't feel like home and so I had to move back. I cope with the trials of everyday life by losing myself in books or by creative writing.

I love classic literature but I'm also a fan of horror, and dare I say it...horror/romance. Despite my age, I've recently developed a love for the young adult genre. My favourite book series is A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, but I read anything and my tastes change. Out of everything I've read that was published in the past hundred years, I'd have to say that Four Past Midnight, a collection of short stories by Stephen King, is my overall favourite, specifically The Langoliers. Stephen King and Jane Austen tie as my favourite authors.

Favourite quotes:

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled."
Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Act I, Scene I. Helena speaking.


"Bright youth," she cries, "whom all thy features prove
A God, and, if a God, the God of love;
But if a mortal, blest thy nurse's breast,
Blest are thy parents, and thy sisters blest:
But oh how blest! how more than blest thy bride,
Ally'd in bliss, if any yet ally'd.
If so, let mine the stoln enjoyments be;
If not, behold a willing bride in me."
Metamorphoses by Ovid, Book 4. The Story of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus

At the moment I'm working on a Greek mythology fiction novel, called Salmacis, along with the various other plot bunnies that burrow my way into my brain. Recently, I've also enjoyed being involved in copy editing pieces for other authors, whom you can check out on the tab above.