1) Hey there! Nice to meet you. Can you introduce yourself?
I am Amaryllis, a Chrompath. Chrompaths have long been the protectors of the those who cannot protect themselves and the healers of those who cannot heal themselves. Until now have not appeared in mythology and history. We can sense emotions, and our wings, which have fish-like scales turn colors to reflect the emotions of those around us.
2) How did you get involved in this story?
During the Trojan War, I knew Lord Odysseus quite well. I was a nurse for his men. Toward the end of the war, he sent me back to Ithaca to wait for him and to look after his son, Telemachus. I waited with Telemachus for a decade for his father's return, and when I saw that life for Telemachus did not turn into what he thought it would after Odysseus came home, I continued to stay with him to try to help him to adapt and to protect him.
3) What’s your life’s motto?
Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone's story is worth telling.
4) If you could be anywhere but here, where would you go?
I would go to Mount Olympus to meet Athena and ask her why as the protector of Odysseus she made the childhood of his only son so challenging and lonely.
5) What’s your favorite food?
Any fish that has eaten fireflies - the same same chemical that makes them glow allows my feathers to display colors.
Title: Telemachus and Homer
Author: Scott Locke
Genre: YA Fantasy
For every boy who grew up in his father’s shadow and every girl who has been underestimated, there comes a time to look within themselves to see if they have the strength to meet the challenges of the lives. For Telemachus this time arrives soon after Odysseus returns from his twenty year absence, when Telemachus comes to appreciate that his own life needs to be about more than waiting for his father to guide him. On the verge of embarking on an adventure, he learns that his community has been threatened and realizes that he does not know how to help. Swallowing his pride, he recognizes that Homer, a young blind woman is a necessary ally. Homer, like Telemachus has something to prove, for although she is respected for her knowledge, she feels unfairly defined by her community. Together, as the people of Ithaca’s last hope, they begin their quest.
Scott Locke is a graduate of Brown University with a concentration in biology and of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he earned his J.D. Scott has published many articles on various aspects of intellectual property. Telemachus and Homer is Scott’s first publication of fiction.
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