On Writing About Atlantis

Just a quick post to say my short essay “On Writing About Atlantis” went live on the Bold Strokes Authors Blog today. This is in anticipation of my young adult fantasy The Seventh Pleiade, which is upcoming in November!

So stop by the blog, drop a comment, let me know what you think about the legend of Atlantis. :)

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The George Wayne Interview: Jacks Dowd

I love Vanity Fair, and one of my favorite features is the George Wayne interview.

George Wayne is described as “a chronicler of global café society,” a “distinguished cultural arbiter,” (both from Vanity Fair) and an “invasive celebrity interrogator” (New York Magazine). He can be counted on to pose off-color and sexually-provocative questions to anyone, from A-list Hollywood actors to right-wing politicians. He’s kind of a forerunner to Sasha Cohen Baron’s Borat with a less intentionally clueless deviousness and more self-winking camp.

So I thought it would be fun to imagine Wayne interviewing the hero Jacks Dowd from my upcoming Werecat: The Rearing.

http://www.vanityfair.com/contributors/george-wayne

Retrieved from VanityFair.com

 

Wayne:  So Jacks, you’re a gay college student. Tell us what the young gays are doing for fun these days.

Dowd: I was a college student. But I dropped out in my last semester. I went to a pretty small college in upstate New York so there wasn’t a whole lot going on. House parties. Sometimes we’d go up to Montréal–

 Wayne: I’ve heard there are now gay fraternities. Isn’t that concept redundant?

Dowd: They didn’t have any gay fraternities at Calverton University. They had a Gay-Straight Alliance.

Wayne: In my day, a Gay-Straight Alliance was something that happened in the backrooms of Merv Griffin’s studio. Or was it a hustler service for Republican politicians? Anyway, have you ever been spanked?

Dowd: (guffaws) Yeah.

Wayne: I promised myself I wasn’t going to ask this question. But I can’t help myself so let’s just get it out of the way. Your story is called Werecat. What is a gay man doing in a book about pussy?

Dowd: It’s about feline shapeshifters. I don’t have sex with women if that’s what you’re asking.

Wayne: Thank God. I knew a man on Fire Island who used to dress up as Cat Woman and pull a chariot down the boardwalk offering people free rides. Is that the kind of werecat we’re talking about?

Dowd: No.

Wayne: So what are the young werecats doing for fun these days?

Dowd: I would have no idea. If you read the book, my boyfriend and I spend most of the time hanging out in an abandoned building.

Wayne: Oooh! I did that in the early 90′s. It’s like a rave, right?

Dowd: No. It’s not like a rave.

Wayne: Did anyone ever tell you: you’re a lousy interview?

Dowd: Did anyone ever tell you: you’re a sexually-obsessed old queen who asks lousy questions?

Wayne: Touché. [roots out a business card from his pocket] Here’s my number if you’re ever in the mood for Grandpa trade. I’ll bring the catnip.

Dowd: [takes the card and crumples it up in his fist] No thanks. Is this over?

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Atlantis series coming to BBC

Now this is really cool news. BBC is producing a fantasy series based on the legend of Atlantis. Atlantis will be a thirteen x forty-five minute episode mini-series. It’s scheduled for broadcast in the fall.

Here’s the blurb that was released on Telly Surfer:

The city of Atlantis is a mysterious, ancient place: a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were build by giants. It’s into this strange, compelling realm tha the young Jason arrives and a amazing adventure begins, bringing to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined in 45 minute episodes for a new generation.

According to BroadcastNow.co.uk, Atlantis will be picked up by BBC Worldwide for international viewers. I hope that means we’ll be able to see it in the US soon!

This, along with my previous note about T.A. Barron’s upcoming Atlantis book, gives me great hope that 2013 will be a big year for rekindled interest in Atlantis, including my YA novel The Seventh Pleiade.

BBC previously aired an Atlantis movie Atlantis End of a World, Birth of a Legend in 2010. I didn’t catch it, but it’s described as a historical drama based on the theory that a volcanic eruption near Crete (the destruction of the Ancient Minoans) was the source of the story. I posted the movie trailer below.

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SAVE THE DATE: Rainbow Book Fair April 13th

I am excited (and just a wee bit terrified) to announce that I will be doing a short reading from my upcoming novel The Seventh Pleiade, as part of a panel of Bold Strokes Books authors at the Fifth Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair.

New York Rainbow Book Fair

 

 

 

 

The Bold Strokes Authors Panel is from 2:00-2:40pm.

Come on down to hear me read! Friendly faces in the crowd will be much appreciated.

For information about the Rainbow Book Fair, including a list of exhibitors and a schedule of events, click here.

 

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T.A. Barron Releasing Another Atlantis Title

I caught this story on Hypable. Fantasy author T.A. Barron (Lost Years of Merlin series, Great Tree of Avalon) has an upcoming book called Atlantis Rising.

I thought that was pretty cool since my Atlantis-inspired The Seventh Pleiade will be released around the same time. Will Fall be the season for Atlantis titles? Barron’s book comes out in September. Mine comes out in November.

According to T.A. Barron’s website, Atlantis Rising will be based on Plato’s account and will chronicle the legendary kingdom from its early history. The Seventh Pleiade takes the story from its very end (or is the destruction of Atlantis the very end?) So readers will have a chance to check out two perspectives, in surely very different styles.

I’m definitely going to check out Barron’s book. Will he check out mine? :)

Blue Mystic Sunset

I like this mystic-looking seascape photo. It makes me think of Atlantis.
© Vangelis | Dreamstime Stock Photos

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