I’m very happy to announce that I’ve just signed a contract with Unsolicited Press for my novella in verse, Protectress.
When Medusa, a priestess of Athena, is raped by Poseidon, Athena betrays Medusa, cursing her and later sending Perseus to kill her rather than punishing her rapist. Medusa and her sisters find diverse ways to survive and make it to the modern world, but Medusa’s lingering trauma and Athena’s unending scorn eventually force the gorgons to confront the goddess. The confrontation and resolution of the issue, however, take entirely unexpected turns.
This is a work that has developed out of the #MeToo movement, questions of feminist identity and values, and the power of compassion. It will resonate with readers interested in modern-day—and particularly feminist—updates of myths and legends, readers who liked Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Madeleine Miller’s Circe, Emily St. John’s Station Eleven, Seamus Haney’s translation of Beowulf, and Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth, readers looking for queer representation, and readers of fantasy.
More details as they emerge.