Inspirations

These days, it seems to me, there is a deep rift between our story history and our sanctioned history, the stuff that is accepted as true. I'm fascinated by the divide. As a kid I read every book on mythology (Dewey 398.2!) our library had; the tales of gods and heroes were much more interesting to me than anything I found in the fiction section. Likewise I find myself drawn to the history that exists at the fringes of academically-sanctioned history: I like the subterranean, the conspiracy theory, the alternate interpretation. If you look at histories written a hundred years ago, they were different from what is being written now: useful as academic peer review can be, in some ways it has sucked the life out of our historic inheritance. Those historians of a century ago weren't afraid to go out on a limb and try to work out the unsolved mysteries of the past, to try to find a way to fit them into the story generally agreed upon. Now it falls to fringe historians, many of whom don't have the background to pursue those questions usefully, to try to answer them.

The series I'm working on now grew out of my longing to reintegrate the stuff our left brains don't know what to do with into our collective story. It's not an academic pursuit: fiction is not the vehicle for getting at that sort of truth. Instead I began by asking a question: What would it mean if those old-style histories were true? Where would the gods come from, and what wuld be the source of their power? Who were the Tuatha de Danaan and what happened to them? What happened to Atlantis? What about the Lost Tribes of Israel, not to mention the ones that fell off Ptolemy's map of Ireland? And why don't we know the answers to these questions?

If you're interested in these questions too, you can see my sources on ancient religion and myth and alternative and fringe history on Goodreads. To see the fictional answers I spun, you'll need to read my series, The Way of the Gods.