Most characters in my novels come from Greek mythology. I like the Greek names because they add an essence to the fantasy of the novel. Some characters match their mythology, some are vastly different. Such is the case with the mythology of Jocasta. The literary Jacasta comes from Oedipus Rex, a play most famous for a son who unknowingly marries his mother.
Far from this platform comes my newest character in the second Atlantis
book. Zeus citizens strive for two professions: military or the arts. Jocasta’s
family valued military honor above all else. Being an only child, she was the
only hope her father had of earning such honor to the family name. This compelled
her to join the military as a teenager. With keen eyesight, the general of
Zeus' army begins grooming her as a sniper, the newest form of weaponry that
has made its way onto the battlefield. Her weapon: a sophisticated slingshot
that can shoot glass blades.
Stubborn, she refuses to accept a superior status, quickly catching the eye
of the president of the country. He places her in charge of an elite army of
Immortals with numerous powers. She balances respect and fear by her strong
nature and savvy view of politics. She is a soldier above all aspects. But she
comes to realize she may not be as free of a thinker as she once thought. And the
people she served might not be as honorable as she believed.
I like Jocasta because she is the strongest character I have created. When
writing the sequel to The Curse of Atlantis, I wanted a role model. She is not
perfect, her imperfections forming the plot of the story. But she strives to be
great for her country. She will battle the toughest of men without flinching.
She has the surety of herself that I often lack. She is a picture of the type
of person I would like to be...maybe without the bloodshed. I hope you all find
her just as appealing when the newest in the series arrives!