From the very beginning Lykaia was a story that took hold of me and refused to let go. I first found the myth of King Lykaonas several years ago whilst doing research for an historical fiction novel set in ancient Greece. I didn’t have a reason to use that myth but the notion of stayed with me.
Last October I entered a Flash Fiction contest.Since it was Halloween themed I thought a werewolf story would work well. I finally had the chance to incorporate this myth that had intrigued me so much. The prologue in my novel Lykaia is flash fiction piece that I wrote.
But the Lykaonas wolves were not content with a 1000 word flash fiction piece. They demanded a novel. So, I wrote one. Along the way I found a strong, intelligent and sometimes irreverent female main character named Sophia Katsaros. And like the wolves, she demanded more. She was not content with just one book. She wanted a series.
I am thrilled to announce the publication of Lykaia. Book one in the Sophia Katsaros Series.
The cover is complete and thanks to the original artwork of Chris Paradis it is gorgeous. The inspiration for the cover is an ancient urn depicting a man wearing a wolf skin in an attempt to become Wolf. In Lykaia it is Wolf that becomes Man instead of the traditional werewolf story wherein a man is bitten and transformed into an animal. Chris created an urn with a wolf wearing the skin of a man. The result if phenomenal. I couldn’t be happier with it.
Lykaia will be available in print and e-book July 31st with an audio version coming a few months after. Sophia had a neat orderly life. Thanks to the Lykaonas wolves and a dryad that life will never be the same again. There are so many exciting and terrifying things in store for Sophia. I hope you will come along for the ride.
Sharon Van Orman
|Cover for Lykaia|
Artwork by Chris Paradis
On display in the Louvre