Monday, July 23, 2012

Think Greek Week: Guest Blogger Saranna DeWylde

The Greeks used stories of their gods to relate to the world around them. Not only did they seem to explain the unexplainable, for instance, the rising of the sun was Apollo driving his great chariot across the sky, but they were also morality tales. The Greek gods were larger than life characters that were endowed with all too human emotions like anger and love. They fell into the same traps that mortals tend to create for themselves and didn’t always make the right choices. To humanize the gods, but set them against impossible odds was to highlight the humanity in our faults, our strengths and ourselves. They lived, they laughed, made love and war, experienced pain, loss, and joy. Their stories taught people how to cope with those things too.

I hope that in Desperate Housewives of Olympus that I’ve done that justice. That my portrayal of the gods and goddesses relates them more closely with the modern world and that we can see ourselves in each character from Demeter, to Zeus, to Hades and even Abstinence. And we all see that if some of these terribly flawed beings can finally get it right for a happily ever after, that there’s faith that we can too.

Saranna DeWylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction as Sara Lunsford. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.


  1. Awesome, Saranna. I love Greek gods--I even named my daughter after Athena--and I love this book! I have to admit to crushing on Hades *sigh* but you wrote him soooo wonderfully.

    Great blog!

  2. Thank you!

    That's cool about your daughter. ;)

    I'll tell Hades to come visit your dreams, doll. xo

    Big thanks to Heather for hosting me.