Architectural genius

The Palace of Knossos would have to be one of the most amazing ancient sites I was fortunate to see. Built around 2000 BCE, and the largest of structures on Crete, it was the main power and pivotal centre of Minoan culture. The first palaces (Knossos, Mallia, Phaistos, Hagia Triada and Zakro) were destroyed by an earthquake circa 1730 BCE and rebuilt around 1650 BCE. The palaces withstood a series of earthquakes, and it wasn’t until the cataclysmic volcanic eruption at Thera and subsequent invasion of the Mycenaeans, that saw the demise of these extraordinary people and culture.

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Aphrodite’s Curse is also now available via Goodreads.

Aphrodite’s Curse is about a little known character from Greek Mythology called Phaedra. She is King Minos’ daughter, sister to Ariadne and a princess of Krete. There isn’t a lot known about Phaedra apart from Euripides’ play Hippolytus. If you do a search on the internet you will find versions of plays and a few books published. I didn’t want to read too much about her apart from Euripides and what I could find in mythology.

Written as a monologue, the character can be at times vulnerable and sweet, but when describing the tragic events surrounding the death of her brother, she can be quite cold and unforgiving. She also can come across spoilt and petulant; she is a princess after all!

Click here if you would like to read the blurb.

Storyboards or scenes?

A friend one day asked me about how I plan my story and if I used a storyboard to set it out. Though storyboarding is a great tool, I find it restrictive. I prefer to brainstorm ideas and from that develop a comprehensive outline of what to put in the story.

For instance, I am working on a fourth book, which is a stand alone, and a monologue. The first thing I came up with was the title of the book. It had been playing on my mind for ages so I wrote it down. Then I thought about what sort of story I wanted to write and would fit the title. I have a yellow note pad on my desk where I write down ideas for stories. Sometimes they come out of the blue and others from books or magazines I have read. But I digress.

Okay, so first brainstorming, then the outline. From this I have generated a plot for the story. Sometimes there’s more than one, much like the series I am writing. From the outline I then create scenes (mentioned in the previous post) as bullet points. In my fourth book I have five scenes, which is the entire book. The scenes are a guide only really, just to keep me on track with the plot/s and storyline.

The book is called Aphrodite’s Curse and explores human tragedy. I was inspired by the myth of Theseus and Ariadne. For those who are not familiar with the story go to: Ancient Greek Mythology. A great website on Greek Mythology and one I frequent often.