The digital rights director at my literary agency is letting me put up my old urban fantasy stories on my own as self-published. First, she has to take them down, and then I can load them under my own name: Judith Post. It hasn’t been quite as easy as I expected it to be, but we’re getting there.
At the beginning of the transition, we worked on the Fallen Angels series. Then Wolf’s Bane. This week, she took down Empty Altars, Spinners of Misfortune, and Fabric of Life. We hit a hiccup with the Fabric file, but we’ll get there. There were only two books in the Tyr and Diana series. I’d hit too many deadends for urban fantasy by then and moved onto writing romances before I tried a third.
In the meantime, I wrote a lot of short novellas and collected them into bundles. That’s what we’ll work on next. I’m especially happy I’m going to get to put up all of the Babet & Prosper stories. All of you know, I have a fondness for witches and supernaturals working together. Stick them in a fake version of New Orleans, and those were just plain fun to write.
Empty Altars and Spinners of Misfortune were special for me, though. I love Greek myths and dabbled a little in Norse myths, too. In this series, I got to combine the two. Diana, goddess of the hunt and the moon, also known as Hecate to witches, is the protagonist in those stories. She’s not a warm, nurturing goddess. In fact, when it comes to survival of the fittest, she can be ruthless, just as Nature can be. She also can call on hellhounds to do her bidding. And at the dark of the moon, she can hunt predators to exact justice.
Diana’s runes call her to a modern-day, Norse meadow, but the mortals who live there have kept the old ways and still sacrifice to the old gods. Someone, however, is trying to destroy the old traditions and to defy the gods. Diana finds herself working with the Norse god, Tyr, Thor, and the goddess Freya to restore order to their world.
Almost everyone recognizes Thor because of the movies, but his other name is Donar, and he has wild, red hair. I’d heard of Tyr but never paid attention to him until I started these books. Tyr placed his right hand in the wolf Fenrir’s mouth so that the world would be safer. When the wolf realized the trap, Fenrir bit off Tyr’s hand, and the god of war and justice now is an expert sword wielder…with his left hand. Freya is the goddess of love and lust. She and her brother, Frey, inspired the Norse Maypole tradition–and it wasn’t just about ribbons and wishing people a happy spring. She makes Venus look maidenly.
It was fun combining the two sets of myths into stories. Fabric of Life, if I ever get it loaded:), is a standalone. I’m a horoscope junkie and teeter back and forth on the idea of destiny, so it was interesting to write about a modern day woman who has to take over the job of the ancient Greek Fates. Before a new soul can come to earth, it has to stand on a scale, and Thea Patek weaves a bookmark of each bounce back and forth that create the journey of that person’s life and cut the thread at the end. The bounces only create a map. How the person reacts and deals with each turning point is his or her choice. So, yes, the person’s journey is preordained, but not their life. Freedom of choice determines that.
I’ve left ideas of gods and goddesses behind, for now, and I’ve moved to writing mysteries. But that’s still a matter of life and death. And mysteries pose their own questions. That’s part of the joy of writing, isn’t it? Asking a question at the beginning of a book and answering it at the end.