Title: Life is but a Nightmare
Author: Erin Hayes
Series: The Elysium Legacies #2
Genre: Adult, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: February 28, 2017Summary:
The sequel to the genre-bending, hugely imaginative Death is but a Dream.
“There must always be a God of Wealth…”
Former police detective Callie Saunders shouldn’t be alive, but she’s been thriving with her new lease on life away from the machinations of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses.
Yet there’s always been someone missing from this little piece of paradise.
When a vengeful god kidnaps her son, she travels back to a world she barely understands to find him. A world where she must face humanity’s greatest enemies and her former lover. If she’s not careful, she’ll lose her soul again. And, maybe, even her heart.
I See Fire by Ed Sheeran
Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna
Like a Prayer by Madonna
No Church in the Wild by Jay-Z
Death is the Road to Awe by Clint Mansell
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Taylor Swift and ZAYN
Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars
Committed to the Crime by Chaos Chaos
Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones
Imagine by John Lennon
Fun Fact: Listening to Papa Don’t Preach on repeat while writing
Life is but a Nightmare completely changed the ending.
Move forward about ten years. I was in high school, and I was an avid Japanese manga fan. Back then, I wanted to draw my own comics. I drew a character and labeled her as Hades' daughter. I created an entire world around that character and a young adult story to go with it.
Since then, I've evolved that story many times, to where it's almost indistinguishable from the original idea.
It's never left me though, so one day ten years after that first drawing, and nearly twenty years after watching my first Hercules episode, I sat down to write Death is but a Dream. And Life is but a Nightmare continues that story.
I will say, that while I spent a good deal of time researching Greek mythology, I have taken a few liberties in order to create a modern tale. Some of the characters are reimagined. For others, I chose the source that met my ends, even though I found others that said otherwise.
And then we come to the royal family of the Underworld. A lot of mythology says that Hades, as the God of the Underworld, was unable to produce offspring because Death can't create Life. Some texts even said that the Furies were his children.
I did find an article that talked about Plutus, the God of Wealth, who was often confused with Pluto, the God of the Underworld, who was also in charge of wealth. Another source said that he actually was Hades' son, which I honestly found to be pretty cool and a great foil to myths about the Underworld.
My wheels started turning, and that character played a big role when I started world building for the Elysium Legacies.
The Elysium Legacies are nearly twenty-five years in the making. And it feels so great to share with you. Happy reading!!
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.
She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.
Life is but a Nightmare #2