Author Interview: Paula Houseman

Today I am happy to introduce author Paula Houseman, who uses Greek mythology in her writing — an author after my own heart.

photo_3Tell us about your book. What is it about?

Odyssey in a Teacup re-imagines a newer, better kind of ‘normal’ … as seen through a skewed lens!

My book’s protagonist, Ruth Roth, was born in the wrong era and into the wrong family. A wild child, Ruth’s behaviour is an inadvertent up yours to a baby boomer society choking on moral purity. Ruth can’t help it, though. The standard role model in this coming-of-age story is well ‘below’ standard! It’s the ancient goddess of obscenity.

Dusted off and in fine form, the dirty goddess works through Ruth, takes all the usual elements of this genre—sexuality, friendship, love, gender, education, occupation and religion—and strips ‘em raw! And that’s how Ruth processes them. But her impropriety often lands her in hot water.

A fascination with ancient mythology helps her make sense of her turbulent reality. Ruth learns that life is really just ancient myth in modern dress—civilised … or so it seems. The idiocy she sees all around her suggests she’s not the only one at the mercy of deep, mythological forces!

But armed with a foul-mouthed goddess, who shows her the humour in everything (and always at the wrong times), is not enough to protect her from all the forces that demand conformity. With her mother’s squawking wearing her down, Ruth caves in, and loses soul.

Still, the irrepressible goddess won’t quit. Never intending to upend Ruth’s psychological and moral growth, she’s just trying to keep her real. So are her hot-looking, obsessive-compulsive cousin and best friend, Ralph (who needs to do everything twice, twice), and her two closest girlfriends—the genteel Vette with the ‘big caboose’, and the ballsy Maxi with the big mouth.

With their help, and a good homoeopathic dose of ancient mythology, Ruth finds her way back through the sludgy shame and irrational fears choking her spirit. Then just when all seems well, she faces an apocalypse … Read more

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