Disclaimer: This post is for fun. There’s this book by Stephannie Beman which she and I started co-writing back in 2008.
What happened so that my name didn’t end up on it?
I decided I wanted to dedicate my time to writing historical westerns, specifically books about the Larsons. Stephannie had plans to expand the series based off the Greek myths, and I decided to release my part of the book to her. So she is now the full copyright owner of the book. She is working on Aphrodite’s book, Loving the Goddess of Love, as we speak, and she has plans for more. So you see, I wanted to go in another direction. I love the Larsons the most of all the men I’ve written. I have plans to write at least 30 Nebraska books in addition to the Regencies and other contemporaries I’m working on. I am way too busy to delve into the Greek world. And yes, Stephannie and I worked it all out in a contract.
That disclaimer aside, I thought it would be fun to write a letter to Hades for her blog post. (Hopefully, my husband won’t read it. ;))
My dear Hades,
It’s come to my attention that Persephone might not be happy with being stranded in the Underworld. I have no idea why. I mean, look at you! You’re gorgeous! I wrote her a letter to explain that you’ve admired her from afar as she waltzed among the flowers in her garden under the careful eye of her mother, Demeter. I explained about your years of sorrow stuck in Tartarus until Zeus and Poseidon released you to help them win the war against the Titans, and when they promised you a kingdom, they made you god of the Underworld. Despite the good you’d done, you were punished once more. Even so, she was the one bright spot in your lonely life, and when you brought her to the Underworld, it was to be your wife and reign by your side.
Unfortunately, she sent the letter back. Hey, I’m with you on this one. Demeter’s been holding her back from realizing her full potential. You see it, I see it, Thanatos (aka Death) sees it. I think even Aphrodite sees it, and we all thought she was an airhead.
So I just wanted to write and let you know that if thing don’t work out with Persephone, I’d be willing to leave everything behind to be with you. You don’t have to worry about me complaining about the lack of sunlight. I’m a night owl. I’m used to the dark. Worried I won’t eat while I’m there? No problem. I have a great appetite. Think I’ll miss my life above ground? Again, not an issue. I have my laptop with high-speed WiFi connection. In case you fear I’ll get bored, don’t. I have lots of books to write and I’d love to spend an eternity to write them. I am very low maintenance, sensible, and (given enough chocolate) very lovable. At least keep me in mind, okay?
Your loving fan,
Ruth (goddess of writing romances–how does that sound, Hades?)
Tomorrow morning, Stephannie’s doing a post on her blog debating whether or not Persephone is happy in the Underworld, and she’s going to link to my letter to Hades.