Q&A with Sasha Summers, author of Medusa – A Love Story

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Medusa, A Love Story (Loves of Olympus, #1)

By Sasha Summers
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published May 2012 by Crescent Moon Press
Genre: PNR/Mythology

It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…


Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.
Ariston goes to war with a full heart… and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.
Poseidon will use Greece’s war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.
~ Goodreads Blurb

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About the Author:

Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe.
She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so.
Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.
Sasha is an active member of RWA and several Texas Chapters. A self-proclaimed movie-addict, she is full of all sorts of useless movie tidbits and trivia.

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1.     How long have you been writing? 
I’ve been writing on and off since I was little. The last few years changed everything, turning something I was passionate about as a hobby into something that’s my career.

2.     What was the first project you completed with the intention of publishing it?
“Brave the Storm” – a western romance. I was eighteen and determined it was the best things – ever! I never sent it out. I wrote it on a typewriter, but I still have a copy. I haven’t looked at it in years but I’m pretty certain I’d be mortified if I read it.

3.     What inspires your works, is it a plot idea or more a character of the story that drives your writing?

Characters drive me most of the time. With mythology, it’s the myths themselves. I’ve found unique myths that demand revisiting or known ones that I want to explore a little more.

4.     How do you feel about genres and clear delimitation between them? Do you, as an author, like works that tend to mesh genres, or do the clear-line ones speak to you more?

I think the lines are getting a little fuzzier, but I don’t have a problem with them. I know they’re important when it comes to marketing your book. I guess Medusa does mesh genres – it was a ‘hard sell’ because it wasn’t a traditional romance but it wasn’t mainstream fiction either.

5.     What’s the most recent book you’ve read that really spoke to you, touched you, impressed you?

The Help. I read it over the weekend. My mother was rather upset that I ‘still’ hadn’t read it. I’m glad I did. Lovely book.

6.     What are your thoughts on myths, legends and such being retold in modern-day settings and reinterpretations? Do you think these reinterpretations help bridge the older and the new of cultures, or rather take away from the original’s spotlight?
It’s interesting. I read them and some of them are quite good. I don’t know how authors write them. For me, mythology is about that time and place.

7.     Would you please talk to us a bit about your work, Medusa?
Of course. This story had a hold of me. It’s all I thought about – even when I was asleep.

8.     Do you feel the experience of writing Medusa has changed you in any particular way? How has it impacted you as an author to see it published?
I do. I loved writing this story, every word. It was this gorgeous ‘movie’ in my head that flowed seamlessly. And I felt lucky to write it. Trying to publish it was hard. I’m not a very confident person so I didn’t submit it to a lot of publishers, but they all said no. One or two actually said, “This will never be published in New York.” So I tried small press. And she was picked up, with great enthusiasm, right away.
Holding that book in my hands is still surreal.

9.     Do you have other works already published? Tell us a bit about them if you do.

Medusa is the first. She is also the first in a series that has 5 books – possibly more. I also have a contemporary romance series – a totally different style. All Hollywood, sexiness, flirty-fun – Hollywood Ever After releases July 14th.

10.  And finally, give us something to look forward to. Any new projects you’re working on right now? 

For the Love of Hades, Book 2 in Loves of Olympus, comes out in January. It’s finished already, very sexy and happy. I’m now working on Book 3 of Loves of Olympus: Apollo’s story. Right now I’m thinking Apollo’s Longest Day. It’s beautiful and tragic like Medusa. My muse for Apollo is Chris Hemsworth, so that helps me keep writing.

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2 thoughts on “Q&A with Sasha Summers, author of Medusa – A Love Story

  1. Sasha Summers

    Thank you for hosting Medusa, A Love Story on her blog tour AND for interviewing me! Have a wonderful week and a lovely holiday.

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