Many times since Key of Solomon was released, readers have asked why mythology and archeology? What led me to write a book with these elements?
For as long as I can remember, which, sadly, isn’t all that far but far enough back I can recall devouring books and stories with mythological elements. Before I knew better, I thought Greek and Roman mythology with some Viking thrown in were the only mythology that existed. As a teenager, I think I read every story and knew all of the major gods and goddesses and a lot of the minor ones. As paranormal started to take wing, I knew I’d found a place I could indulge in my love of mythology.
When I first conceived the idea of this story, I knew I wanted to work in some kind of mythology with paranormal elements but I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing (meaning no vampires or werewolves and, despite their popularity now, demons/angels hadn’t taken off by then).
During my research into that elusive “something different”, I discovered the mythology surrounding King Solomon. I was raised on the Bible and knew all about Solomon. Or, I thought I did. I was so intrigued with the notion that he was supposed to be a magic user and had a ring given to him by God that allowed Solomon to control and compel demons. And his famous temple? The stories say it was built by these same demons. Key of Solomon just took off from there. And I loved writing the scene in the book where he uses the ring to compel the demons into the bronze jar.
Archeology was easy as I think I was an archeologist or explorer in another life.
I think the past is much more appealing even with the lack of computers and assorted technologies. And since the assorted technologies have allowed me to armchair travel to the past, I get to indulge my love of history and archeology in my stories. In fact, the story I’m shopping now is fully immersed in archeology and Egyptian mythology with a tomb raiding heroine.
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