I’ve always liked historical fiction, historical romance and mythological retellings. So, wanting to write about the Trojan War seemed a natural pathway for me. BUT, when I began to plan and think about the books, I was green behind the ears. I thought, naively at first, that I’d have all these little novellas based on the most famous Greek warriors: Odysseus, Achilles, Paris and Hektor. It didn’t take me long to bang out the first hundred pages and in an excited rush, send them to my sister fully expecting that she’d announce she had a bestseller in her hands. What I got back was tons of editorial commentary and questions about character development and plot…and of course the: “Show me, don’t tell me.” I realized at that moment that I had a lot more work to do. I put the manuscript in a drawer where I left it for 4 years. In that time I finished other projects, but the Trojan War kept calling. I know now that at that time, I wasn’t ready to write that story. I didn’t know enough about the Greek mythological canon or writing for that matter. In 2015, when I finally picked up the manuscript again, I re-read what I wrote. I was still in love with the story, but I had to basically re-write, slash, cut, edit…practically start over the entire thing.
In the meantime, as I worked on other projects, I studied and collected information about my characters and mythological retelling…and then started reading R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. I’d always been a fan of the HBO series, but I picked up his hefty books and started reading. One day, watching Game of Thrones, it occurred to me that all these competing kingdoms in Westeros and across the Narrow Sea were like the kingdoms of ancient Mycenae and Troy. Then, it clicked that I’d been struggling with telling the story I wanted to because the format was too small. I wasn’t actually telling ONE story, I was telling MULTIPLE stories whose characters would collide in perhaps the greatest war the ancient world had ever seen. When I had that epiphany, I actually got scared…scared I couldn’t write those stories, scared that I wasn’t smart enough to do it. But, I kept writing, planning…I even got to the point where I had a 25 page outline for book one. As I am writing book two, Rise of Princes, I discover new information, or make new connections through research, and work it into the WIP. So, the idea of the story morphed over time. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it 🙂
About Song of Princes
Song of Princes (Homeric Chronicles, #1)
by Janell Rhiannon
Publication date: June 22nd 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Sing Muse. Sing of the shining citadel of Troy rising from the hot sands of Asia. Sing of the Greek palaces ascending from their rocky hilltops. Sing of one woman’s dream heralding the madness of men and the murder of innocents. From bull dancing rings and wild meadows, the Forgotten Prince must choose between love and a golden crown. From seclusion and safety, the Golden Warrior must choose between his honor and his life. From behind the Great Wall, the Golden Prince must choose between his family and his city. And from a rugged realm on the far side of Greece, the Warrior King must choose between his son’s life and certain exile. Here shepherds and princes, warriors and kings, and seers and lovers seek to conquer their passions, outwit destiny or surrender to it.
PARIS, the FORGOTTEN PRINCE.
ACHILLES, the GOLDEN WARRIOR.
HEKTOR, the GOLDEN PRINCE.
ODYSSEUS, the WARRIOR KING.
Where did their legends begin before their lives converged at Troy in one of the most famous battles of all time? The HOMERIC CHRONICLES tells the stories of Paris, Achilles, Hektor, and Odysseus in one chronological tale, beginning before the ILIAD and ending long after the ODYSSEY. Blending both history and myth, the Homeric Chronicles will satisfy your love of Greek mythology, while paying homage to the original storyteller, Homer.
SONGS OF PRINCES begins with the birth of Paris and Achilles, and introduces us to a young Hektor and Odysseus. The journey of the princes begins…
Janell Rhiannon has a Master’s degree in history. It was during her years studying Alexander the Great that she came to love the Greek and Roman myths. She loves warfare and romance. Visit her Amazon Author Page or visit her at www.janellrhiannon.com
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About the Author
Janell always had her nose in a book, reading by flashlight when it was “lights out” time. Her love of reading turned to a curiosity about writing. She now writes in all the spare moments she can squeeze out of a day. She also writes fiction and fantasy with some romantic spice for good measure. Janell adores Mythology and Fantasy. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles. Her guiding motto: “I tell stories, not genres.”
She currently lives in CA.