Tag Archives: Cathy Hird

The Grail

Shattered: When Winds Blast, the third novel in my contemporary fantasy series, tells the story of the hiding of the grail and its finding side by side. Deciding to write a grail story took me by surprise. The grail legends … Continue reading

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Lancelot and Guinevere

Lancelot’s role in the love triangle makes him a difficult character for some writers to handle. How can he be honoured when, for romantic love, he betrays the king who saved Britain, to whom he has pledged allegiance? It is … Continue reading

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Guinevere

Too many of the characterizations of Guinevere are shaped by the medieval versions of the King Arthur story. Stories shaped by the male dominated church of that era portrayed all women as Eve, the temptress who ruins paradise. Malory among … Continue reading

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Drawing on Arthurian Legends

In the afterward to the twentieth anniversary edition of his Fionavar trilogy, Guy Gavriel Kay wrote, “I also set myself the task, quixotic or otherwise, of trying to shape a narrative large enough that the figures of the Arthurian triangle could … Continue reading

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Shadows

In the bright sun and dry air of Burkina Faso, shadows are sharp. Looking down, I saw clear images of what was between the sun and the ground. This was particularly striking when we visited a modern sculpture garden. The stone … Continue reading

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

In old western movies and TV shows where most of the action is somewhere out on the range, there was a segment that took the viewer back to the ranch to see what was going on at home. It occurred … Continue reading

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Talking Greek heroes and heroines with V. L. Locey

We often focus on the gods; who is your favorite hero or heroine? V. L. Locey: So many choices. While I enjoy reading about Heracles and Theseus, I have to say my favorite heroine from classic legends is Atalanta. Sure, … Continue reading

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Talking Greek mythology with V. L. Locey

Who do you hate, or at least dislike, but keep seeking out anyway? V. L. Locey: Probably Hades. I think that`s because I chose him as the villain in my Gods & Goats trilogy and I can`t seem to shake … Continue reading

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The story the kidnapped princess wishes for

In my novel Moon of the Goddess,  the kidnapped princess Thalassai watches the stars of Herakles’ constellation and wishes he would come to her rescue. When the kidnappers call for a story to be told, she hopes they will tell … Continue reading

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About the heroine of Moon of the Goddess

I never liked Helen of Troy. She seems so helpless. Homer and others portray her as beautiful, yes, but to me she seems egotistical, self-centered and weak. So when it occurred to me that a kidnapped princess was a good … Continue reading

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