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Interview with Nicole Walters

Posted on: May 16, 2014

NicoleWaltersA recent trip to India renewed Nicole Walters’ interest in mythology. The similarities shared in those myths that attempt to explain how the world started astounded her. She decided to take a fresh peek at Pandora’s Jar, as a way of exploring the origin of good and evil, as well as personal responsibility. The result was Journey to Pandora’s Jar, which I’ll review tomorrow. Save the date: May 17!

Walters lives in Seattle with her husband. She reads just about everything and she loves writing too. If you want to connect with her about mythology, she would love to hear from you. The sequel to Journey to Pandora’s Jar is well on the way.

ALLISON: If could go back in to one moment in childhood, which one would you like to revisit?

NICOLE: In the 6th grade, I went on a “date” with my then boyfriend, now husband, Marc, to Disneyland. I wish I had known back then how significant that event would ultimately be now. At 12 or 13, one hardly expects to begin a lifelong romantic journey, right? Had I understood the importance of that evening, walking the streets of Disneyland chaperoned by his parents, I would have savored every detail as the unique and beautiful thing it was.

ALLISON: By the same token, if you could change one moment from your teens, what would it be?

NICOLE: Oh man … oh man. That’s all I’ll say about that. (And, sorry mom and dad.)

ALLISON: What careers did you hold before becoming a mom and a writer?

NICOLE: I’ve been a copywriter, proposal coordinator, editor, technical writer, developmental writer, worship leader, professional singer, award-winning songwriter, newspaper thrower, receptionist, administrative assistant, blah, blah, blah! 🙂

ALLISON: What surprised you most about being a mom?

NICOLE: That my heart could contain love in such large amounts. That, plus … it’s really, really hard work.

ALLISON: Why does mythology have such a strong appeal for you?

NICOLE: Myths are timeless truths, have everyday applications, and contain subtle morals of the story that are simply priceless. They are beautifully crafted stories that reflect every aspect of what it means to be fully human, fully divine, or both.

ALLISON: In the original myth of Pandora’s box, Pandora opens it out of curiosity. All kinds of evil escapes into the world and hope is all that’s left. What appeals to you about what idea?

NICOLE:In the original myth, the gods thought it was beneficial that the Spirit of Hope, Elpis, remained in Pandora’s Jar even though the other evil spirits had escaped. They believed that as long as mankind possessed Hope in the Jar, the balance of good and evil could be maintained. In my book, however, I’ve proposed that Hope (or Elpis) needs to be set free and released into the world to give good a greater chance at overcoming evil. I love the idea of releasing Hope into bleak circumstances to stand against despair, disease, injustice, and lack. Hope buoys the heart, strengthens resolve, and encourages a belief that if you just hold on, keep trying, and don’t give up, things can get better.

ALLISON: Who is your favorite mythological character?

NICOLE:Hades. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s just acting according to his nature. Not good or bad, just Hades.

ALLISON: What is your favorite country from which to read myths?

NICOLE: I prefer the Greek gods to their Roman counterparts. That said, a trip to India introduced me to an entirely different mythology. One day, I’ll explore it.

ALLISON: How has receiving Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence seal of approval impacted the reception of Pandora’s Jar?

NICOLE:More than anything, receiving the Mom’s Choice Award impacted me. Though we all like to say the opinions of others don’t necessarily count, it is nice to be acknowledged favorably. I’m grateful that my book reflected their standards of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

ALLISON: What’s next?

NICOLE:Why, book two in the Journey Series, of course: Charis: Journey to the Underworld. Wish our little heroine luck. She will definitely need it.

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