So tell us King…
What is your ultimate goal?
Well, Audra, it’s simple really. I am king of Crete, and right now, in the Ancient world, I am the most powerful man in the Mediterranean. My palace is sprawling and lavish, and my naval fleet is the foremost and best. My name strikes terror into the heart of all who would defy me. About twenty years ago, I ruthlessly defeated King Aegeus of Athens. I utterly broke him of his power, and to ensure that he remained crushed, I instituted a treaty of sorts. Every year, I force him to send fourteen of Athen’s youth here to Crete, to be locked inside my labyrinth, to be devoured by my monster. And from the outside, I look fearless, but beneath the surface, there lies something dark, something dreadful, something that could destroy me. For, twenty years ago, something else happened also, something that must lie locked away and forgotten. If the truth is exposed, I will lose everything, and I will not lose. I will do whatever it takes to make sure that my monster, my secret, survives.
What makes you so driven to accomplish this goal?
Let me ask you a question: if something was about to destroy you, what wouldn’t you do to make sure that it was never found?
If you could choose anyone from the literary world as your partner in crime, who would you choose and why?
Professor Moriarty, from Sherlock Holmes. If you combined our ruthless cunning, cruelty, and sheer brilliance, we would be an unstoppable force. Nothing in the ancient or modern world would be able to stand before our might.
Describe yourself in three words or less.
Devious, careful, and cruel.
Here’s more information about King Minos and the historical fiction novel, Labyrinth of Lies:
Something foul is afoot in Ancient Greece. Athens is bruised from a previous war with Crete. Worse still, King Minos annually demands fourteen Athenian youths to be fed to the Cretan Minotaur locked inside a maze. When his own beloved, Zosemine, is taken to be fed to the Minotaur, Theseus finds himself at the heart of a web of conflicting motives, with the sense that even those closest to him cannot be trusted.
Theseus must navigate the various plots, motives, and secrets through the labyrinth and see past the masks to slay the Minotaur.
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