Myth, Magic, Monsters.
Award-winning author Sulari Gentill set out to study astrophysics, graduated in law, then abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. Born in Sri Lanka, Sulari learned to speak English in Zambia, grew up in Brisbane and now lives in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in NSW where, with her historian husband, she grows French black truffles, cares for a variety of animals and raises two wild colonial boys. Sulari also paints, but only well enough to know she should write, preferably in her pyjamas.
Under the name S. D. Gentill, Sulari wrote The Hero Trilogy (Chasing Odysseus, Trying War, The Blood of Wolves), a retelling of well-loved ancient myths through youthful, yet failing, eyes.
Hero and her three adopted brothers embark on a thrilling adventure, encountering monsters, sorcerers, sirens, magic, warring gods after the fall of Troy in a desperate chase across the seas in a magical ship.
With her brothers being raised by a she-wolf, and the eldest at times battling the cursed beast that rages within him, The Hero Trilogy hints also at a werewolves origins storyline.
Gentill’s “brilliantly complex and insightful prose” plots Hero’s journey as a young teenager trying to avenge the murder of her beloved father.
Hero is pious and brave and constantly mocked for her faith in the many Gods of the Pantheon, but must rely on her brothers to guide her as her sight continues to deteriorate throughout their journey.
Sulari believes “there’s a strange familiarity to classical myths even if one has never heard the particular legend before. They add to our appreciation of new stories and we feel a connection even if we don’t know why.” The Hero Trilogy is currently part of an ongoing global research project, Our Mythical Childhood. Local YA expert Professor Elizabeth Hale states, “We might think that Medusa and the Minotaur are buried in the past. But they surface in the present surprisingly often: testing our bravery; challenging our ideas about monstrosity and danger; and revealing the continued influence of classical antiquity, and its power in literature …”
Sulari Gentill also writes the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, blending charming wit and delightful dialogue with some darker themes of the 1930s (plus the odd dead body or two!). Sulari is thrilled that readers are acknowledging the similarities between modern global politics and the political/social environment that she so vividly details in this award-winning historical crime series. Society seems destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Sulari looks forward to meeting all her fans on the Gold Coast in April 2017, and will participate in signing sessions throughout Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm).
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