Joan: Greek myths contain some wonderful stories but a lot of adult content. Since our goddesses and our readers are ‘tweens, one challenge we faced was adapting these stories to make them “age appropriate.” It was fun to imagine the personalities and predicaments of our young goddessgirls and godboys based
on their mythical adult counterparts. BTW, I totally lucked out with Suzanne as a writing partner and Glen Hanson as our cover artist!
Who is your favorite Goddess and why?
Joan: They are all pretty amazing. Athena is brainy, Persephone is mysterious and kind, Artemis is bold and strong, and Aphrodite is effortlessly beautiful. The main trait I love about each one of them is their loyalty to their friends.
Suzanne: I usually say the brainy Athena, but the truth is, my favorite changes depending on whose story we’re currently writing. Even though I never considered myself a “sporty” girl growing up, for example (though I used to be able to play a pretty mean game of badminton), I’ve grown rather fond of Artemis
while working on our seventh Goddess Girls book (which will pub in December). I love the overly-dramatic Aphrodite in our newly-pubbed Aphrodite the Diva. Truthfuly, all of our goddessgirls are dear to my heart.
Who is your favorite male Greek God and why?
Suzanne: Zeus. He’s not only the principal at our fictional Mount Olympus Academy, he’s also King of the Gods, Ruler of the Heavens, etc., etc. The Main Man, so to speak. And I think we’ve given him a fun personality in our books.
Joan: Zeus cracks me up. I think he’s a favorite of our editor’s too. The godboys are all pretty interesting. Each of our goddessgirls and our side characters, like Medusa. has had a first crush. Some have proven successful and some, well, crushing. But there’s hope for the future. And godboy troubles are always easier with good friends to see you through them, right?
Which books are you reading right now?
Suzanne: A book for grown-ups: The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer. She writes with a lot of sly humor, so I’m enjoying the book a lot. I’m also re-reading Edith Hamilton’s Mythology to get myth ideas for the next books in the Goddess Girls series (see below).
Joan: I am reading Twilight. I watched the movies, got addicted, and have decided to read the books, too.
What’s next on the agenda?
Suzanne: Books 7 & 8 are nearly ready to go: Artemis the Loyal (Dec. 2011) and Medusa the Mean (Apr. 2012). And our publisher, Aladdin, has just asked us for four more GG books, including our very first “Super Special,” which we’ll be writing from all four of our main goddessgirl characters’ points of view. Should be fun! The other three Goddess Girls books will each be narrated by a character whose name begins with “P”:
Pandora, Pheme, and Persephone.
Joan: I’m mega excited about the new 4-book contract. Woo hoo! We’re also going to be writing a NEW mythology-based series! It’ll be a little younger–a humorous, adventure series for ages 7 – 10. We wish we could tell you the title of the series, but that has yet to be decided!