Medusa, A Love Story: Meet Stheno and Euryale!

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to my wonderful blog guest today, Sasha Summers, author of Medusa, A Love Story. Don't forget to stop by here tomorrow to read my review of her book as well!

Writing Medusa, A Love Story was an adventure. Not only did I have the opportunity to dig deep into mythology, but the history and culture of that time. And from research, a highly over-active imagination, and a love for the dramatic – a cast of colorful characters emerged. They were all unique and lively but two were more so than the rest. Medusa’s sisters, the Gorgons, never lost their sense of humor.
I asked them about their reputation, and this is what they had to say.
Euryale: I’ve come to find the sight of a trembling man rather amusing.
Stheno: (sighing) She has a wicked sense of humor.
Euryale: I might as well have a wicked sense of humor, Sister, since you’re determined to foil any other forms of evil I might attempt.
Stheno: (shakes her head and assures me) She’s not evil at all. (to Euryale) You’re not.
Euryale: I am.
Stheno: No, Euryale, you’re not. You’re mischievous….a temperamental child, perhaps, but not evil.
Euryale crosses her arms and scowls at her sister.
Stheno: You see? (giggles)
Euryale smiles reluctantly - if you can call such an expression a smile?
They are a rather… unfortunate looking pair. They tower over eight feet, with grey-ish skin and elongated, heavy features they normally wear veils to conceal. Their voices are no better, deep and rasping at times. But they have an obvious affection for each other. And when they speak of their sister Medusa, it is obvious they care a great deal about her.
Euryale: (sounding irritated) Medusa is the sweet one, golden and good. She’s never complained or argued… It is not her way.
Stheno: She is golden and good. I’ve never seen a child so fair or agreeable. Even when father sold her-
Euryale: (interrupting) He did not sell her, Stheno. He simply... he offered…
Stheno: Medusa went to live with the statesman, Galenus of Athens-
Euryale: Pompous, blustering man-
Stheno: (ignoring Euryales) She was a tiny thing, all eyes and legs. But she did not cower when Galenus’ voice rattled the courtyard. Instead, she smiled at him. And with that smile she changed her fate. She was no longer considered a slave to Galenus and his wife. No, with that smile, she became the daughter they’d never had. And they treasured her dearly, I think.
Euryale: (snorting) Did they? (She sighs and shrugs.) She has the bluest eyes. Smiling eyes…
Stheno: (smiling at Euryale and shaking her head) There, you see? My sister may threaten to eat small children and unsuspecting livestock, but she is nothing more than-
Euryale: Threaten? I’ve found knobby kneed children difficult to digest. And livestock? It takes me days to pluck the hair from my teeth.
Euryale smiles, horribly, displaying her yellowed teeth. They both laugh, a grating, wheezing sound that sounds a little too unsettling to be amusing.
There’s no doubt that the pair are capable of such a thing. But watching them, listening to their banter, one might suspect that the fearsome outer appearance of the Gorgons hides an inner spirit very similar to their ‘golden and good’ sister, Medusa.

About Sasha Summers

Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history,
and travel. It's no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with
legends and myth. Her first play, 'Greek Gods and Goddesses' (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe.

She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters
she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks
when she's doing so.

Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super
understanding and supportive.

Sasha is an active member of RWA and several Texas Chapters. A self-proclaimed
movie-addict, she is full of all sorts of useless movie tidbits and trivia.



2 Responses

  1. Thank you so much having Euryale, Stheno, and I for a visit today. I’m pleased they decided to behave… it’s a rarity.
    And thank you for reading and reviewing the book! Can’t wait ’til tomorrow. All the best – Sasha 🙂

  2. Sasha, they were a hoot 🙂 I enjoyed them stopping by the blog as well as following them and Medusa in the book! Best of luck with the rest of your blog-hopping and hope you enjoy the review tomorrow 🙂

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