Diantha Jones’ Oracle of Delphi series adds a new spin to YA urban fantasy with a hot cast of gods and demigods making mayhem and playing with mortal lives. With the release of the second book in the series, Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise, this past Monday, I am ready for another installment in the misadventures of Chloe, our modern-day Oracle.
An interview with Diantha Jones – literary fate-maker and author of the Oracle of Delphi series
Your Oracle of Delphi series draws on a number of Greek myths and figures. With so many vampires, fae folk, and paranormal creatures hanging out on YA shelves, what made you decide to go Greek (so to speak)?
I’ve always loved Greek myths so it really wasn’t hard for me to decide on mythology when it was time to start planning out the series. Don’t get me wrong, I love my vamps and fae peeps as much as the next person. But I knew I didn’t want to write about them from the beginning. I was determined to create a series that explored a sort of “undiscovered” territory within the Greek myths. I think the Oracle of Delphi was a pretty good choice.
Chloe and Strafford take part in some kick-ass fight scenes. Action scenes are so fast-paced and detailed, how do you balance narrative and action when writing these scenes?
Action scenes are terribly hard to write (at least, for me they are). I think the less talking involved the better, but sometimes it’s necessary. How many silent fight scenes have you seen (in a movie)? Exactly. Basically, it’s about spreading out the focus and making sure the reader can visualize every part of the scene, and not just what the main character is doing. Easier said than done, I know. But in the end, the effort will be worth it.
Characters are almost like children (or pets) for a writer. You’ve spent so long living in their heads, that there must be one that you really connected with. Which of your creations do you consider your favorite brainchild and why?
What a question. Chloe and Strafford are my favorite and most complex characters, but I also enjoyed creating Ace and Benjy (Chloe’s little brother). Ace is just so full of life and humor, and Benjy is flat out adorable. We didn’t get a huge dose of Benjy in Book One, but in Book Two, we’ll see a lot more of him.
You probably get this question all the time, but inquiring minds always want to know… what is your writing process like?
What process? LOL. I literally open up a document and start writing. I’m so serious. I don’t use outlines and crap like that. I just wing it.
I think one of the best things about writing is getting to imagine otherworldly scenarios and situations. If you could write yourself into the role of a demigod, what power would you give yourself?
Ooohhh. I think I would be a daughter of Zeus. It would be so cool to be able to control the weather, especially lightning. I could see myself wreaking major havoc on the world with a power like that. Just for kicks and giggles.
About Diantha Jones
Diantha is a fresh voice in YA lit. She’s Texas-born but a Georgian at heart. You can read more about Diantha on her website: diantha-jones.com
Check out the rest of the tour stops on Diantha’s blog.
- My review of Prophecy of the Most Beautiful
- Blog Tour: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones (aknifeandaquill.wordpress.com)
- The Prophecy of the Most Beautiful (evangelinewarren.wordpress.com)