Today I’d like to welcome Erin Latimer to the blog! Erin’s book, FROST, released last week, and she’s here to discuss how mythology has inspired her writing.
There’s something about mythology that really starts the ideas flowing. Maybe it’s the ability to build on top of this awesomely complex world that’s already been created. You know, sort of like fanfiction. But your source material is a heck of a lot older.
Maybe it’s because so much of it involves magic, and that’s always been what stokes the fires of my imagination. Magic is something that gives your story an “anything could happen” vibe, because really, nothing is off limits as long as it stays within the rules of that made up world.
I’ve enjoyed both writing and reading about Greek mythology (Percy Jackson, anyone?) as well as Egyptian and now…obviously, Norse.
For me there’s something special about Norse mythology. Maybe it’s the thought of the Vikings drinking and carousing and telling one another tales about Thor and Loki, passing stories down from one to the next. I’ve always had a soft spot for Vikings. Even if the real Vikings never wore awesome hats with horns on them. Yes, I know. That killed a little piece of my soul when I learned that, but think of how impractical that would be in the middle of war. Or just…y’know, getting through doorways.
Maybe Norse mythology is so great because people recognize a lot of the names now, (thanks Marvel) so you get people going, “Oh, right. Loki!” rather then, “Who’s this now?” and sometimes that’s a good thing. Of course, sometimes that’s a very annoying thing, since a lot of people seem to think anything you write to do with Loki or Thor is actual fanfiction. That’s another post for another time though.
It might be the fact that, in spite of the passing familiarity a mainstream audience may have, there’s so much left untouched, even by the comic books. It leaves you loads to work with and so many ideas to toss around. Greek mythology is sort of the meat and potatoes of mythologies. It’s great, and I love it, but it’s been done a lot. So when I started researching Norse, it was fresh and new and exciting.
And there’s no copyright on that stuff, it’s been around for too long. So you can play with it, build on it, mold it, command it to do your bidding. You’re a giant kid with a playdough castle and you’re the king, you can squish those little suckers into any shape you like.
Of course, keep in mind you’ll get feedback on your newly shaped creations. I’ve had people tell me I was ruining it. I’ve had yelly emails from staunch mythology enthusiasts who don’t want me on their playground. And that’s okay, because angry yelling over a piece of art is not a privilege, it’s a right. Once you fling your story out into the world it’s not really yours anymore. They do what they wish with it.
As for me, I’m going to keep using mythology for inspiration. I’m going to keep taking from it. I’m going to keep playing with it and changing it and yes, probably screwing it up.
Erin Latimer is a young adult fantasy writer who was born and raised in Victoria, BC and recently moved to Vancouver. She writes books, makes silly vlogs about writing and reads excessively.
Her book FROST was released by Patchwork Press on August 25th, 2015. FROST is a YA fantasy based on Norse mythology, about a teen who accidentally freezes the first boy she kisses and discovers her family tree is weirder than expected.
For more about Erin, check out: http://www.erin.patchwork-press.com/
Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying.
When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ranorak, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.
Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.
You can also try to win a copy of FROST! Check out this amazing giveaway here!