Sunday, April 10, 2016

[Limelight] Coreena McBurnie

Hello, all! I'm very excited to have you here in this Indie Limelight interview with the author of Prophecy, the first book in the Antigone: The True Story series. I haven't yet read this book myself yet, but after reading the bit Amazon provides, I knew I had to put it on my TBR list.

Here, we will interview the author of Prophecy and we'll tell you all about this book. Maybe we'll pique your interest!
(Sympathy) What brought up the idea for Prophecy?
(Coreena McBurnie) I have loved Antigone ever since I first read about her in university -- she is strong, principled, and stands up for herself in a way that many women in Greek myth do not. So often in Greek myth women are portrayed as pious and self sacrificing (like Penelope from The Odyssey), or as monsters (like Medea killing her children to get back at her husband, Jason). Antigone is different. Yes, she goes over the top with her sense of duty, but her beliefs back her up.

(S) Is Greek your favorite type of Mythology (if not, what Mythology is; if so, which specific Greek myth do you like the most)?
(CM) It is. Maybe because it was the first type of mythology I was introduced to, but I have always loved Greek mythology; however, I love to read all sorts of myth. It's hard to say which myth I like the most... I have a soft spot for Theseus and the Minotaur because it is the first one I remember reading.

(S) Describe your writing process?
(CM) I like to write a whole rough copy as fast as I can, then let it sit for a bit before I go back and edit it. Then I edit and edit and edit, get beta readers, and edit some more.

(S) What are your plans for Antigone: The True Story series?
(CM) I just want to get the books finished and out there and hopefully entertain some people along the way. Writing these books is teaching me so much about what I can do and what I am capable of that I am grateful for the whole experience of writing and publishing them.

(S) Do you drink coffee or tea when you write (how many cups)?
(CM) I drink tea mostly. And lots of it -- usually a couple of pots a day.

(S) If you could have any type of super power, what would it be? Why?
(CM) Magic. I would love the ability to transform things, or to make things happen with a spell.

(S) What is your biggest fear?
(CM) That something terrible would happen to any of my kids.

(S) If you could go back to live in a specific time period for a day, what period would it be? Why?
(CM) There are so many places and times that would be amazing, but I think I would go back to a day before the Library at Alexandria burned and try to save it somehow. Can you imagine if those books had survived and we had that knowledge?

(S) Do you have any pets that help you during your writing process (or make it harder for you to write)?
(CM) We have a cat that begs for treats constantly. While I was writing the first drafts of Prophecy we had an elderly dog who wanted to go out for walks several times a day, as well as the middle of the night. In some ways, she made it harder because she was always interrupting me, but in other ways, she made things better because she forced me to go out and get fresh air.

(S) Where do you normally catch yourself getting ideas you could use to write (car, work, home, etc.)?
(CM) I come up with my best ideas when I write in my journal. Just letting my brain go and free writing has always been how I make connections and process my thoughts.

(S) I don't usually watch TV, but we all have a favorite TV show. What's yours?
(CM) I love Red Dwarf. It's a British sci-fi comedy series that seems to only produces shows when they have the money. I have them all on DVD and watch them when I need a good laugh.

(S) Are you a dog or cat person?

(CM) I've had both for most of my life until recently. Now we only have one cat. I do like the independence and the-world-revolves-around-me attitude of cats.

(S) How long did it take for you to plan out Prophecy before you started writing (or are you a pantser; someone who just wings their story)?
(CM) I am a pantser, but Prophecy was a bit different because I based many of the plot points on Sophocles' play, Oedipus Rex -- certain things had to happen, but I got to choose how I got there. I thought about writing a story about Antigone for years, so it was percolating in the back of my head, but her voice and her talking to snakes just came to me as I was writing.

(S) Is there a set date as to when the next book of Antigone: The True Story Book series is coming out?
(CM) My goal is to have it out this fall. It's called Fate and I am almost ready to send it off to beta readers.
Buy the book!

A hidden prophecy. A chosen princess who speaks with snakes. A family duty. Sixteen year old Princess Antigone, daughter of the infamous ancient Greek King Oedipus, wants to lead a normal life and fulfill her duty to the gods, her city, and her family, but fate has other plans. The Olympian gods bless her, the snakes talk to her, her parents want her to marry a foreign prince, her embroidery looks like burial shrouds for dogs, and she has fallen in love with the wrong boy. When the mysterious and devastating prophecies surrounding her family are revealed, Antigone must choose where her allegiance lies: With the gods who have betrayed her family but who she is obliged to serve? With her plague ridden city? With her family which lay in ruins? Or even with herself?

In Prophecy, Book One of the Antigone: The True Story series, Antigone steps out of the shadows of the past to tell her own story, a story where truth of history is stranger than the fiction of myth.

About the Author.

My name is Coreena McBurnie and, ever since grade 5 when I had to do a report on Theseus and the Minotaur, I have had a soft spot for Greek mythology. When I hit university, I was drawn to the Classical Studies department, where I studied the archaeology and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds — and also where I managed to read Homer’s Odyssey, one of my absolute favourite books, in the original Greek, something which was thrilling for me (I know, sounds crazy, but the poetry and scope of the original text is amazing). After a lifetime of “what is that?”, “why did you study that?”, and “what can you do with a degree in Classical Studies?” I have decided to write novels based in ancient myth and to bring so many of the stories I love to life for a modern audience, with my own spin, of course.

Prophecy, Book 1 in the Antigone Series, is my first published novel. Currently I am working on Book 2 in the Antigone Series, called Fate. I am also in the middle of another novel about Clytemnestra who is notorious in Greek myth for killing her husband, Agamemnon, when he returned home from the Trojan War. I love exploring the motives of strong women in ancient myth.

I live in BC, Canada with my husband, our three kids, and our cat, in a beautiful part of the country, on two rivers, surrounded by ranches, near ski hills, and only a couple of hours drive to the ocean.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, this looks amazing! Love all of the snakes. Thanks so much for having me on your blog.





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