Well, it’s the final interview in my Seducing the Myth series, and it’s a good’un. If you were to put a gun to my head and ask me to pick a favourite from the wealth of wonderful stories in the book, I’d go with K D Grace’s Stones. Unusual, powerful and brilliantly written, it really has to be read. And the author herself is here to discuss the inspiration behind the tale. Welcome, K D!
1. Talk us through the myth you based your story on.
Medusa was the beautiful daughter of two sea deities. Poseidon took a liking to her and chased her into the temple of Athena, where he raped her. Instead of punishing Poseidon and protecting Medusa, Athena cursed Medusa so that anyone who looked into her eyes would be instantly turned to stone. In some versions, Medusa retains her beauty. In other versions, Athena makes her hideous with a mass of writhing serpents for hair.
More than likely the tale of Medusa’s rape is the Greeks’ way of dispatching with a deity of a conquered people — a gruesome and effective way of playing ‘our god’s better than your god.’
2. What were the reasons for your choice?
I knew the story of Perseus and Andromeda from back in my grade school days when we were studying the constellations in science class. I knew that Perseus, with the help of the gods, severed Medusa’s head and rescued Andromeda from the sea monster by using Medusa’s head to turn it to stone. It was only much later that I learned how Medusa had become cursed. I wrote the story, Stones, in sympathy for Medusa, speculating what might have happened to a conquered goddess if she hadn’t actually lost her head, if that was all maybe just Greek spin. In Stones, Medusa is alive and well and living a reclusive life in a decaying mansion in Southern California. Medusa, living as retiring sculptor, Magda Gardener is a woman with serious emotional baggage any way you look at it, but ultimately she wants the same things all women want; happiness, fulfillment, love.
And who better for her to fall for than the landscaper she has hired to reclaim the ruined gardens on her property, a task which involves uncovering some disturbing statuary from the jungle of growth.
3. If a film were made of your story, who would play the leads?
I can definitely see Sam Worthington playing Paul Danson, the landscaper who is in way over his head. It is through his eyes the story of ‘Madga Gardener’ is told.
As for Medusa/Magda, it’s hard to say who I would have play her, she’s so aloof and I picture her as being something beyond beautiful and something beyond terrible all mixed together. And yet she was an innocent before she was raped and cursed. Imagine the anger and rage and pain of a young woman so brutalized, but powered by the heart of a goddess! Scary stuff! And poor Paul can’t begin to understand what it is that kindles his lust so. God I had fun writing this, though I did creep myself out a bit too. I think Medusa and Paul will definitely be revisited in the future.
4. I’d love to know about the first story you ever sold. What did you do when you got the acceptance?
I wrote a story for Scarlet Magazine called ‘The Night Bus,’ about a backpacker’s encounter with a local boy on a night bus across Croatia. I was working in the garden when I got the email saying Scarlet were taking the story. I’m sure the whole neighbourhood heard me whooping.
5. Please tell us what projects you are currently working on – and don’t forget to mention any upcoming new releases.
I’ve just finished the final rewrite of the first novel of my paranormal erotic trilogy set in the Lake District. The first book is called, Lakeland Heatwave: Body Temperature and Rising. It’ll be coming out with Xcite Books in February 2012. I’m very excited about the trilogy because it’s my first attempt to write paranormal erotica.
My erotic romance, The Pet Shop is launching in print October 14th with a party to end all parties at Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium in London. I love Sh!, love the women who run the place and love they way they throw a party, so I’m really looking forward to turning my Pets loose amid the vibes and the strap-ons.
In the meantime, I’m settling in to write two novellas before I get back to the Lakeland Heatwave trilogy around the New Year. As you can see, I’m very self-entertaining.
It isn’t only yourself you entertain, K D! Thanks for coming.
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