#AMMConnect with this Swedish lady

Hi, everyone! I’m very excited for #AMM to begin. I’ve been looking forward to this round for months. I wanted to enter in the previous round with my high fantasy book but I wasn’t ready. THIS TIME I AM!! *enter confetti and fireworks* And I’m entering with my witches and warriors book that I have rewritten and that I adore with all of my heart! I hope #AMM guides me and helps me with my craft so that I can bring out the best version of my books. If it performs a miracle and makes me a tad more confident in myself, I won’t say no to that.

TITLE: Veritas (Truth in Latin)

GENRE: YA contemporary fantasy

WORD COUNT: 92K

(I only have 6 queries out.)

ABOUT:

My main character is a 15-year-old girl, Emily, who is both a warrior and a witch but only identifies herself as a warrior. Emily never got to know her dad, and her mom…Well, she witnessed her murder when she was seven. She grew up in the streets, hidden from the society that betrayed her mother. When she comes across her mother’s murderer, Emily is overpowered by her need for revenge. But when she infiltrates the academy for witches and warriors, she comes across teenage drama, gossip, new friendships, and a multi-faceted truth–hence, my book’s title, VERITAS. Emily wants to avenge her mother’s murder and make the killer pay for what she did to her family, but she had no idea she had something to lose at the end.

The book is basically about a girl with a tragic past who hasn’t learned how to embrace herself yet and wants to avenge her mother’s murder so badly that it’s all she thinks about.

INSPIRATION:

Veritas is set in our modern world and features many references from it, some–many–of which are sarcastic. I wanted it to reflect our real world but with doses of magic and fantastical warfare in the vein of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It also features diverse cast and mythologies like the Norse, Greek, Latin/Roman, etc, which is why many terms are in other languages.

And of course, I wanted a female main character who knows her power and herself–even if she doesn’t like it much.

*drumroll* Veritas is set in a society of magic based on mythologies, warriors, stereotypes, and inequality.

AND FEATURES:

  • A badass heroine.
  • Who takes responsibility for her actions but also
  • does what is right.
  • Mature young adults and immature ones who will grow.
  • Betrayal.
  • Family drama.
  • And strong/fragile family bonds that supersede blood bonds.
  • Secrets.
  • MYTHOLOGIES!! from all over the world
  • diverse characters that reflect those mythologies and our world.
  • languages that empower and complete the diverse world of mythologies.
  • Adorable yet fierce friends.
  • Funny characters.
  • Broody English love interest.
  • magic! that stems from mythologies and doesn’t need wands but words.
  • wars!
  • breaking as many stereotypes and rules as my MC can.
  • a world with magic that faces the same problems and inadequacies ours does.

 

ABOUT ME:

My name is Athena Freya, I’m 25 years old, and I live in Sweden. I study to become an English/Swedish/Spanish teacher. Yes, you’ve guessed right; I LOVE languages. I speak four: English, Swedish, Spanish, and Greek. I also love the history of languages. It’s fascinating to see the evolution of each language and the reasons that propelled each change. And yes, I LOVE mythologies, too. I’m a nerd, and I’m proud of it!

I’m also a proud Hufflepuff! An interesting fact is that Hufflepuffs and Slytherins get along extremely well. My best friend is a ferocious Slytherin, which is proof of the awesomeness of the Hufflepuff-Slytherin combination.

My idol is Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Samantha Young, and of course, Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite series are Harry Potter, On Dublin Street, Covenant, Mythos Academy, Percy Jackson, and the With Me series.

Outside books?

I love

  • wine, especially sparkling white wine!
  • black tea.
  • music (Adele, Coldplay, OneRepublic, The Killers, Ed Sheeran: my heart is yours!)
  • TV ships. Oh, how I obsess over them. I may not know what they’re called but I do obsess over them; hence, my fascination with fan fiction. Examples: Jeller from Blindspot, Malec from Shadowhunters, Bellarke from The 100.
  • Sweden. What can I say? I love my country.
  • big cities with strong cultural elements.
  • diversity in all things.
  • quotes.
  • purple. And silver.
  • Harry Potter.
  • organization.
  • owls.
  • animals, in general.
  • my mom.
  • my best friends. *You know who you are.*
  • bilingual people.
  • candles,
  • and random facts.

And this is me, guys. I’m a Swedish Hufflepuff dreamer who won’t stop until her dream comes true.

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Fangirling over Jessica Cluess, Lord Blackwood, and A Shadow Bright and Burning…

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess is the last book I read, and I absolutely LOVED IT!! I loved it so much that I can’t stop RTing and tweeting about it. I’ve recommended it to all of my friends to the point they laugh now. “We know, we know. You loved it. Your enthusiasm is adorable. Yes, we’ll read it. Yes, as soon as possible.” –that’s what they say. Sorry, friends, but I’ll say it again. READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!!!!

Okay, this is the review I posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and my blog.

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There are no words to describe how much I LOVE this book!! TEN STARS are simply not enough for this amazing book!

First of all, the writing is superb! Jessica Cluess makes writing seem effortless and lets all the right pieces fall in the right place at the right time. The way she has infused the Victorian era with monsters, witches, sorcerers, and magicians is outstanding. It’s also the first time I read a book where the author defines the difference between witches, sorcerers, and magicians and have them showcased in all of their glory. It’s another remarkable feat that Jessica Cluess succeeded in. The world building is deep and detailed, and it feels like I’m right there, fighting alongside Henrietta, ogling Blackwood, and scowling at Magnus.

This book had me falling in love with it from the first chapter, and one day after I finished it, I’m still holding my breath, wondering about what happens next, if Henrietta and Blackwood will get even closer to each other, the secrets they’ll unveil, as well as imagining a cast for the book’s TV adaptation that I HOPE, HOPE, HOPE will happen sometime. I have to admit I am fangirling over the author’s writing, the amazing characters, the outstanding world building, and all the awesomeness this book is.

I am a fan for life, and I would scream it from the rooftops to go and buy this book!!!!! I’m so in love with it that others books have ceased to exist, and I can’t even focus on editing my own because my mind keeps going back to Henrietta, the monsters, and of course, my favorite Blackwood. I don’t know how I’ll survive one month until the release of book two; I literally don’t. So, please, go buy this outstanding book, and you will LOVE IT!!

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I’d also love to add that Jessica Cluess has an extraordinary writing style that not only makes her storytelling seem effortless but also transcends the reading experience. It’s amazing in its simplicity and natural aura that I don’t see often in books. It reminds me of Jennifer L. Armentrout in this way. Outstanding world-building, amazing characters, and magical writing style that leaves you breathless and hungry for more. As a fellow writer, this is what I strive to become. A storyteller that invites others to my characters’ journey and hold them there. *with love, of course* I’ve read so many, many books but Jennifer L. Armentrout has remained my icon throughout the years and books. Now, she has a partner. The second queen in my pedestal of authors. And that’s Jessica Cluess. After reading one book. Hold that thought. Process it. Because that speaks of Jessica’s inexplicable crazy talent.

The next book in the series comes out this month, 09/19, and I hope you all buy it because this series is the best I’ve read in a long time.

That’s all.

***WHEN YOU READ IT, COME TO ME, AND LET’S ALL FANGIRL OVER BLACKWOOD!!!!***

 

That magical connection…

Heidi Norrod

Of course, I’m talking about finding that elusive literary agent. I found mine! I signed the contract on July 20th, 2017. I know there are lots of people that are still looking, so I thought I’d write the obligatory — How I Found My Literary Agent — post. My story is a bit wonky but hang in there.

It was a dark and stormy night….

Yeah, no it wasn’t. Gotcha! Here let’s do this thing correctly.

About ten years ago, I wrote this terrible book. Of course, I didn’t think it was terrible then. I thought it was sure to earn me lots of agent offers, a television deal would surely follow, and I’d become a millionaire within a year. None, and I repeat NONE, of those things happened. I finished it and I queried it. It all came to nada.

In fact, over the course of the last decade…

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PITCH WARS 2017: #PIMPMYBIO

Hello there, #PitchWars contestants & mentors, and everyone who has subjected themselves to read about me.

This is the first time I’m trying for #PitchWars. I wanted to do it last year, as well, but my then WIP wasn’t ready. I’m both excited and nervous about entering, but the book community has made me feel safe and embraced. At the end of the day, no matter what happens, I will walk away with valuable lessons and wonderful new friends from all over the world. That’s why I consider myself and every other hopeful a winner.  Not to mention that we wrote an entire book (!!!) and edited and revised it until we knew it by heart. We truly are warriors.

Now that I mentioned the word, my #PitchWars book is about warriors. And witches! It’s a YA fantasy stand-alone novel with series potential. It’s set in our modern world and features many references from it, most of all are sarcastic. I wanted it to reflect our real world but with doses of magic and fantastical warfare in the vein of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It also features diverse cast and mythologies like the Norse, Greek, Latin/Roman, etc, which is why many terms are in other languages.

My MC is a 15-year-old girl, Emily, who is both a warrior and a witch but only identifies herself as a warrior. She is driven by her need for revenge. She wants to take revenge on her mother’s murder and make the killer pay for what she did to Emily’s family. But when she infiltrates the academy for witches and warriors, she comes across teenage drama, gossip, new friendships, and a multi-faceted truth–hence, my book’s title, VERITAS.

The book is basically about a girl with a tragic past who hasn’t learned how to embrace herself yet and wants to avenge her mother’s murder, and it is set in a society of magic based on mythologies, warriors, stereotypes, and inequality.

How did I come up with the idea, characters, and world?

When I first played with the idea of writing a novel, a series of must-have-elements was born, too.

  • A badass heroine.
  • Who takes responsibility for her actions but also
  • does what is right.
  • Mature young adults and immature ones who will grow.
  • Betrayal.
  • Family drama.
  • And strong/fragile family bonds that supersede blood bonds.
  • Secrets.
  • MYTHOLOGIES!! from all over the world
  • diverse characters that reflect those mythologies and our world.
  • languages that empower and complete the diverse world of mythologies.
  • Adorable yet fierce friends.
  • magic! that stems from mythologies and doesn’t need wands but words.
  • wars!
  • breaking as many stereotypes as my MC can.
  • a world with magic that faces the same problems and inadequacies ours does.

And the plot came alive in my head right away. I started extensive research on names, gods, terms, and places–because I wanted them to have a meaning. I didn’t want to just make up everything as I went, which is totally cool, by the way. That was what this story needed. Therefore, every name of a character or world building element means something. The academy Emily infiltrates? That is located in a real place with history and a meaning that is perfect for my world. I couldn’t believe it when I had found it. A place that signifies and represents the very essence of the world I had created in my head. And it’s real! It felt like it was meant to be.

And I still feel that every time I read or work on this book. It feels right.

*For more information, you can visit the storify of my daily #PitchWars challenges at https://storify.com/AthenaGreyson/pitchwars. *

About me…

Hmm, let’s start with the basics. My name is Athena Freya, I’m 25 years old, and I live in Sweden. In August, I’ll start studying to become an English/Swedish/Spanish teacher. Yes, you’ve guessed right; I LOVE languages. I speak four: English, Swedish, Spanish, and Greek. I also love the history of languages. It’s fascinating to see the evolution of each language and the reasons that propelled each change. And yes, I LOVE mythologies, too. I’m a nerd, and I’m proud of it!

I’m also a proud Hufflepuff! An interesting fact is that Hufflepuffs and Slytherins get along extremely well. My best friend is a ferocious Slytherin, which is proof of the awesomeness of the Hufflepuff-Slytherin combination.

What else? Hmm. Maybe something about my writing journey. Okay, let’s do this. I started out as a book blogger and reviewer in 2013. I’ve worked mostly with romance and fantasy in both adult and YA. Due to workload and drastic changes in my personal life(I moved from Greece to Sweden!), I’ve put a pause on reviewing. But I’m lucky to still be friends with awesome authors and be proud of their successes. One of those awesome people pushed me to write, and another has supported me since that day. So I owe a major thank you to Nicola Haken and Alicia Rae.

I’ve written 3 YA fantasy novels: two of those are realistic fantasy and set in our real world. I should note that my newest WIP is my first novel, my precious baby. I wanted to rewrite it because I needed it to be written the way it was supposed to. I’m sure you’re all dreading over reading your first books. I didn’t know what I was doing then. But now, I’ve gotten better at it, and the story kept playing in my head, so I took another leap of faith and rewrote it. It wasn’t a mild rewrite, either. I’ve changed everything: from tense and age group to characters and plot points/events. Some may disagree with me and say it was a waste of time, and that I should have written something completely new. I mean, I have over fifty book ideas in my head and my super duper special book ideas notebook. But I couldn’t give up on it. I couldn’t let it go. This story deserved better, and even if it leads nowhere(which I pray to all the gods and saints and the entire universe will not happen) I can say to myself that I did my best. That I did everything I could for these characters and this world I built. This story had distracted my mind from a hard period in my life and made me happy and hopeful when I was nothing but. I owed it and myself to write it again. And I’m in love with it. Which is why I’ll try for Pitch Wars with this book.

But I couldn’t give up on it. I couldn’t let it go. This story deserved better, and even if it leads nowhere(which I pray to all the gods and saints and the entire universe will not happen) I can say to myself that I did my best. That I did everything I could for these characters and this world I built. This story had distracted my mind from a hard period in my life and made me happy and hopeful when I was nothing but. I owed it and myself to write it again. And I’m in love with it. Which is why I’ll try for Pitch Wars with VERITAS.

My other 2 books need editing and revising. In fact, I’ll revise one in August as I wait for #PitchWars to announce the mentees. My goal for next year is to delve into a new genre. Romance Suspense. I have many different book ideas in this category, and I still haven’t decided which one will be my next book. We’ll see!

Outside books?

I love

  • wine, especially white sparkling wine!
  • black tea.
  • music (Adele, Coldplay, OneRepublic, The Killers, Ed Sheeran: my heart is yours!)
  • TV ships. Oh, how I obsess over them. I may not know what they’re called but I do obsess over them; hence, my fascination with fan fiction. Examples: Jeller from Blindspot, Malec from Shadowhunters, Bellarke from The 100.
  • Sweden. What can I say? I love my country.
  • big cities with strong cultural elements.
  • diversity in all things.
  • quotes.
  • purple. And silver.
  • Harry Potter.
  • organization.
  • owls.
  • animals, in general.
  • my mom.
  • my best friends. *You know who you are.*
  • bilingual people.
  • candles,
  • and random facts.

 

I don’t like:

  • rudeness.
  • arrogance.
  • hatred/intolerance. Black, Latino, gay, straight, man, woman, tall or short; we’re people.
  • red wine.
  • green tea.
  • tomatoes.
  • heat and high temperatures. So not my thing.
  • waiting,
  • and surely many more things I don’t remember right now.

My idol is Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Samantha Young, and of course, Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite series are Harry Potter, On Dublin Street, Covenant, Mythos Academy, Percy Jackson, and the With Me series.

And this is me, guys. I’m a Swedish Hufflepuff dreamer who won’t stop until her dream comes true.

I hope I didn’t bore you to death. Thank you so much for reading, and please, don’t hesitate to follow me on Twitter and spark conversation with me! *especially if you’re having a bad day or want help with querying etc.*

Believe in yourselves. Believe in your dream. That alone is a huge step on your way to success.

Love and greetings from Sweden,

Athena Freya

New Page. New Project.

Hey, everyone!

I hope this post finds you well, healthy, safe, and loved.

As you may know, I have been looking for a theme regarding a new series of posts for my website. But I couldn’t find anything. So I kept trying to invent something interesting, original, and frankly something I could do. My specialties are literature, history of literature, languages, and language history. I’m not sure who would be interested in learning Swedish or the history of the Swedish language. *If you are, please let me know!* **Seriously!** In the end, I was left with no ideas whatsoever. Except…

Wait a minute.

I can write. I love quotes. Boom!

This page { https://athenagreyson.wordpress.com/posts/quotes/ } will be updated with quotes crafted by me. They will talk about life, inspiration, perseverance, confidence, books, and everything in between. Feel free to share them, but please make a reference to me as the quote’s author, and even this page if you’d like.

Feel free to share them, but please make a reference to me as the quote’s author, and even this page if you’d like.

By no means, I am no master of quote crafting but words need to flow, and I can’t always tame those beasts. Feedback is encouraged, of course, but within the frame of positivity.

I hope we can have some fun and inspire and motivate each other toward a creative path.

As always, thank you for visiting and reading.

Love,

Athena

My YA fantasy novel is ready!

I am extremely, out of this world, happy to announce that my YA fantasy novel is complete; edited; revised; beta-read; partner-critiqued; and polished.

It is ready to fly to the world, and I’m so proud for this book.

My MC from Elusive Heart, Emily, is a kick-butt heroine with a darker personality. Her tragic past drives her motivations. But the MC from my YA fantasy novel is completely different. She is light and optimistic and innocent. She sees the good in people. She has hope.

We all love the strong-minded heroines and heroes with sass, wit, and power. We love the bad-good characters. Ha, I adore those. But I have come to realize that a different yet still powerful person is the one who rises above expectations and rises above themselves. To become a better person is one thing. To become great is another.

A very important theme of the book, and the series, is friendship. A true friend will stand by you whatever happens. They will tell you when you screw up. They will listen to you. But friendships are complicated. Messy. Personal. Intimate. What if your friend was never supposed to be your friend? What if you’re supposed to be their superior, and not their equal?

That becomes trickier for a person who doesn’t want to be superior, for a person who is humble and grounded and simply a very decent being.

The book is set in a fantastic Scandinavia, meaning the Scandinavia we know but different. With magic. And a different culture, structure, etc. In fact, I can say that I have taken real contemporary elements and I have twisted them, which may have become my next favorite thing to do.

It is a stand alone but it’s intended as a first in a series. I am currently plotting the second book and trying to picture this universe and the storylines as a whole. The series will probably be longer than a trilogy. There is too much story. At this point, I can say with certainty that you will learn everything that you don’t know from the first book in its sequel. Think of the series as the two seasons of Blindspot. During season one, you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, and on season two, Boom! But I suggest observe closely in book one, for the hints are there…

I won’t be revealing the title as of yet. But I assure you that it has one. As does the series.

I am very excited about this book. Of course, I’m also very nervous. But if I wasn’t, I would have a different kind of problem.

Thank you for reading and for your interest in me and my writing.

Fellow authors, don’t give up. Keep on writing. Fellow readers, never stop reading.

Love,

Athena

My New WIP

As you may already know, my first YA novel is finished. Well, the first draft is. Before I delve into the editing phase, I am taking a break from that story, as much as it pains me.

I need time off, so that I can have a clear head in order to properly edit it. In the meantime, I will be reading A LOT. I have that Cassandra Clare novel staring at me every day, and it’s time to embrace it. BUT I won’t stop writing.

As a matter of fact, an interesting first clue for a book idea came to me when I was writing my now finished YA novel. On the other hand, my head still remembers another wonderful world I had created months ago. It is high fantasy, though, and I don’t want to mix the stories and confuse myself with two different high fantasy worlds.

A fact that made my decision so very easy…

My new WIP is a YA fantasy > urban fantasy > paranormal novel. I have already outlined it, and all the major events are in my brain waiting to be unleashed. It has a title, too!!! Suffice to say I had a very creative and productive morning!

I don’t know if it will be a stand-alone novel, or book one in a series at this moment. I may outlined and named it, but I haven’t even written its first chapter yet.

I won’t leave you like that, though.

I believe in strong women of all ages. I ferociously support equality in every aspect of life. I dislike stereotypes of any kind.

Those beliefs are easy to discern from my books. And this novel won’t be any different. It focuses on a kind and strong young woman, surrounded by equally strong and fierce women –adults and teens.

So, um, don’t expect to see any character bowing to stereotypes…

Lastly, my WIP will feature (young) strong-minded females, and supernatural elements in the realistic world, and will highlight complex relationships between family members. Oh, and murder…

I estimate its first draft to be completed in mid-April, for I’ll have to edit the other YA. I will keep you updated!

Thanks for reading!

~Athena