Friday, January 28, 2011

Special Guest: Chrystalla Thoma

I am very excited to announce that we have a special guest today! All the way from Cyprus, please welcome author, Chrystalla Thoma.

Jean: Hi Chrystalla. Welcome. Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Chrys: Well, I’m Greek. *allows time for the appropriate bouzouki music to start playing and handsome Greek men to dance and smash plates* I come from Cyprus, an island in the Eastern Mediterranean, right underneath Turkey, above Egypt, and next to Syria and Lebanon. Which makes for an interesting culinary and musical culture – oriental pop, rock and Greek music, mousaka and taramosalata and hummus!

Jean: The closest I get to anything Greek is the occasional gyro or baklava binge, but handsome, plate-breaking men sounds very enticing.

Most authors love cats and live in remote houses. Are you like that, too?

Chrys: I own no cats and no house – but I do have a hybrid energy car (a Toyota Prius)! I possess herds of wild books that graze on my shelves and floor, and I’m married to the best husband in the whole world, imported from the tropics of Costa Rica. *waves at Carlos* I have lived for some years in France, England and Germany, and am now immune to foreign (i.e. non Greek) cooking. *g* As a world traveler, I am definitely a typical author.

Jean: Excuse me a moment while I protect my discarded characters from your wandering herd of wild books. While I do that, why don't you tell me about your upcoming book?

Chrys: “Dioscuri” is a modern, urban fantasy version of the ancient Greek myth. Dioscuri was the name given to the twin brothers Kastor and Polydeukes, Zeus’ sons with Leda, one of whom is mortal and the other immortal. Zeus mated with Leda in the form of a swan and she gave birth to two eggs. When they cracked, the Dioscuri emerged, along with Helen the Beautiful, the very same who allegedly caused the downfall of Troy…

Jean: I see. Break the eggs to make a story… Where is the story set? What happens?

Chrys: The ancient gods have woken again in Athens, and there is war. The two brothers fight against the monsters. When the mortal brother, Kastor, dies in battle, his immortal sibling Polydeukes takes things in his own hands and makes a dark deal with the Underworld. A deal Zeus will sooner or later discover and all hell will break loose.

Jean: *shudder* I've studied enough Greek Mythology to know that deceiving Zeus is never a good idea. Where can people learn more about you and your work?

Chrys: “Dioscuri” is coming out with MuseItUp Publishing in March 2011. You can find me and my stories here:

You can follow my ramblings about Greekness and mythology and about my stories here:

Thank you for having me here!

Jean: Of course, anytime! My host of discarded characters thanks you for not stepping on them during your visit.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading any of Chrystalla’s work, head on over to her blog and get started. My personal favorite is World of Shells. I think of that story every time I look at my daughter's hermit crabs.

Thank you for visiting, Chrystalla. Keep those great stories coming!


  1. From the title, cover, blurb, add in the detail I just learned here, I'm hooked and waiting for Dioscuri to hit the shelfs. Thanks for sharing, Chrys, on this lovely blog.

  2. Thank you, Arlene, for the kind words!

    Thanks so much, Jean, for hosting me on your blog! Ah lol, how are the hermits doing? I love them!

  3. We've lost two but I think we have some healthier ones now. When the darn pet store crams twenty of them into a ten gallon tank, they get a tad traumatized.

  4. Thanks for visiting, Arelene. :)

    Happy to have you, Chrys. :)

  5. Poor things.I only met them in the wild. In Costa Rica I used to sit and watch them for hours sometimes fight over their shells and food. Persistent little critters. :-)

  6. Waves at Chrys. I love Greek myths and handsome Greek men, so I'll have to check this out.

  7. fascinating subject, am sure we will thoroughly enjoy it-:)

  8. Great interview, Chrys. We must hook up and smash a few plates together. Yammas!

  9. Thank you all! :-)
    Waves back at Marie: Indeed! And twins, to boot! :-)
    Redelia: Thank you! If you follow my blog wanderings, you may learn more about the topic than you ever thought you would, lol.
    Viviane: Yammas! Thanks for dropping by. :-)


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