Have you read the Starcrossed series yet? If not, you really should. Even if - like me - you're not a big fan of Greek mythology, the story will sweep you in. Forbidden romance. Paranormal creatures (aka gods/demi-gods). A fascinating mythological world.
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Starcrossed: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
Dreamless: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
Starcrossed City (novella prequel to Starcrossed): Goodreads | exclusively on Josephine's website
Goddess: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
Release Date: May 28, 2013
After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.
To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.
In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.
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Please welcome Josephine to Alison Can Read!
1. Tell us a little about the Starcrossed series for those who haven't read it yet and about Goddess specifically for those who are caught up.
Starcrossed is basically a modern-day retelling of the Iliad, except the two lovers, Helen and Paris (in my book he’s named Lucas), know that if they get together, they’ll start the Trojan War all over again. Goddess is the final book, and since it’s modeled on a Greek tragedy, of course there’s a war despite my heroes’ best intentions.
2. I'm not a big fan of Greek mythology and haven't studied it for 20 years, but I love how you present it in the Starcrossed series. How do you balance drawing upon Greek mythology but also not alienating those of us who don't know much about it?
I stick to the elements of Greek mythology that are universal—like family, love, and loss. At the end of the day, it usually comes down to finding the things that everyone can relate to and writing about that rather than whether or not it’s a Greek myth or a dystopian series or ghost story. Find what makes it human and you’ll probably write something that people will like despite the genre.
3. Did any of the characters lead you in directions you weren't expecting while you were writing?
I had a few characters that went a bit farther down the path I set them on then I had expected, but no out-and-out rebellions. I’m a compulsive outliner. I’d get lost if I wasn’t.
4. What are some of your favorite YA books? Either new or older.
I loved Kristen Cashore’s Graceling. Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy was awesome (although technically middle grade and not YA). My sentimental choice is the Harper Hall trilogy by Anne McCafferey.
5. What is one piece of writing advice that you found really useful beyond the typical read a lot and write a lot?
Live a lot. Pay attention to people around you. Pay attention to yourself and what you feel. Love a lot. It all goes right back into your writing.
Thank you so much for the interview, Josephine!
This is a really awesome giveaway! Actually it's giveawayS! You can either win a copy of Starcrossed, Dreamless, or Goddess. Or you can win a Kindle Paperwhite with a signed Goddess skin!
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