By Calista Fox
Yes, I have a small fetish. I admit it. I love Greek food, history, mythology, men, dances... Opa! The Greek’s passion for life is contagious when you’re immersed in it. Their decadence is also renowned. Apropos, I thought for a backdrop for my first Decadent Publishing short story. I Burn For You features the Greek god of love, Eros, and his naughty muses, who are charged with igniting passion in the mortal world, restoring the humans’ kefi—their zest for life. The story is released on the heels of the Olympics, one more thing I love about Greek history.
My first foray into Greek mythology came at a young age—as most of us experienced. I was obsessed with stories like Iliad by Homer. But later in life (geez, I’m really about to admit this??), I fell in love with Hercules when played by Kevin Sorbo in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. *Sigh* I can’t be the only one to remember this series, right? It ran for six seasons in the ‘90s and had a huge cult following. This wide fan base spawned a fan fiction site on the web, and that was my introduction into romantic fiction. Of course, I can’t leave out my love of Troy, with Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. Yes, I loved Orlando Bloom, too. And Odysseus was a hottie in that movie.
Anyway, I had an idea for a short story series, but here came the challenge when I decided to write it for Decadent’s The Edge series: The words short story. Yes, I prefer writing novellas to novels, depending on the story and the plot involved, but to actually write a one-scene story that’s around five-thousand words... Wow. I found it as intriguing a prospect as it was a daunting one. But I jumped off the cliff and, thanks to Valerie Mann and everyone at Decadent, I have my first short story.
The most difficult part of the series I’m working on is that it’s erotica, and Aphrodite expressly forbids Eros’s muses to fall in love with their mortal objects of desire. But can you really expect muses to follow rules when in the throes of passion? We shall see...
Greek mythology has always been a popular subject. Do you have a favorite story, hero, god, or demi-god? I’d love to hear about it, given my never-ending love of the Greeks!
Hope you enjoyed the Olympics, and I hope you enjoy I Burn For You!
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All my best,