I am so excited to be part of Kristie's blog tour for the release of GENESIS! She is here today doing a guest post and I hope you will all make her feel welcome!Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella is a bit different from the other Soul Savers books. Although the fantasy world I created is the same, the real world is not. After all, it takes place over 2,000 years ago, around 200 B.C. So it required a lot of research to understand life in Greece during that era. For each stop along the release tour, I’m sharing something I learned and how it ties into the story.
Pets are not something that immediately pops to mind when thinking about Ancient Greece, but they did actually have pets. Birds, dogs, goats, tortoises and even mice were often kept as pets. Cats may have been introduced when Alexander the Great returned after conquering Egypt, so they would have been around during the time of Genesis.
Although it’s not mentioned, the main characters probably kept many animals as pets throughout their lives, at least for brief periods. They lived as nomads, so they wouldn’t take most animals along on their moves. However, as healers, I just can’t see Cassandra, her mother or her daughter passing by an injured animal. They would certainly care for it at least until it recovered fully and could return to the wild.
Case in point - Cassandra finds an injured goat in the story, which she treats and then keeps as a pet. She saves it not just for its milk and cheese, but also for companionship. As I said, you don’t really think of pets of the time, so when the goat showed up in the story, I was a little surprised, but I went with it. It was a relief to find that it wouldn’t have been unusual for someone then to keep a goat as a pet.
Thank you, Keary, for hosting me today! I have a Soul Savers swag pack up for grabs for one lucky commenter. Your comment also gains you entry for the Grand Prize at the end of the tour. For more info on the Grand Prize and a list of other stops, please visit the tour page (http://www.kristiecook.com/2011/10/genesis-release-tour-giveaways.html).
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, with the first two books, Promise and Purpose, available now and the third book, Devotion, coming February 2012. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis, coming October 2011.
Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:
Author's Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com
Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com
Thank you so much Kristie for stopping by! And I hope all of you will check the Soul Saver's out!