I'm Super Happy to Welcome Erotica & Romance Author Sarah Daltry, for an Interview & Guest Post explaining a little about her New Romance Novel the Quiver in a Kiss.
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Guest Post by Sarah Daltry:
About Sarah Daltry:
"Why Write about Helen of Troy?"
I have studied history and literature a great deal during my lifetime and, growing up, something always stood out to me. Women never make an appearance in these stories and, when they do, they are always weak or they are evil. It got me to thinking - why do we never get their side of the story? There are countless tales of men who have been ruined by women: Samson, Agamemnon, John the Baptist, John Lennon, Adam, probably even Gandhi somehow. I don't understand how a man falling in love with a woman always results in something bad. And I really never understood how the women were always portrayed as simply obstacles in a man's way to being successful.
So Helen of Troy seemed like a natural choice. We have all this mythology of this war that was caused by this one woman, basically because she fell in love with the wrong guy and left her husband and family. There had to be more to that story, I figured. In researching Helen, I realized that there really is no story. There are references to her in both Homer and Virgil's works as well as in some obscure art and poetry of the time, but she is always used as an idea more than as a person. There is no one version of the story, which also freed me to write her story as I chose.
I liked getting into the mind of a young girl who was assigned to marry a man based on her father's political needs rather than her own interests. Imagine if she wanted someone else - what then? And what if the man she was supposed to marry wanted her as little as she wanted him? I wanted to make Helen sympathetic, because we have all made bad choices, especially when driven by the desire to be happy.
One of the challenges with this story is that there is no way it ends well. We all know Troy falls and we all know that Helen went back to Greece eventually. So how to find a HEA for a character who never had one? One of the considerations was that it would not be possible, but there were ways to bring her peace. I attempted to give Helen happy memories that would at least be a comfort in the days that followed the war.
Overall, this was a really fun book to write and I learned a lot. I would love to write more stories of the women of this period. For example, since I went with first person, I did not get to do much with Clytemnestra and I would be excited to write about her. It is something I am considering, but a lot depends on this book's success I suppose!
About Sarah Daltry:
Sarah Daltry writes books for adults that range from romantic to hot and heavy. She is always connected to her phone or laptop, so feel free to send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has a website as well and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and basically anywhere you can find people.
Buy Quiver of A Kiss on Amazon: Here