Today we’re joined by Psyche, who’s currently telling the story of her (super complicated) relationship with Eros, the god of love, in DESTINED (with a little help from author Jessie Harrell).
When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.
As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she’s come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.
Thanks so much for joining us, Psyche! Meredith, thank you so much for inviting me here for an interview. I have to admit, after reading Eros’ fun interview, I was a little bit jealous I didn’t have my own. But now I do. ((HUGS))
So tell me, girl to girl, what was your honest first impression of Eros? Well, he was hot. Obviously. But it certainly wasn’t love at first sight, especially when he started talking. Poor guy. If only I’d know how badly he’d been hurt before, maybe I wouldn’t been so hard on him.
Yeah, we all have our baggage, don’t we? Speaking of baggage, Eros’s mom, Aphrodite, has quite a bit, namely reputation for jealousy. Were you ever worried in your early interactions with her that you might get on her bad side? Heck yeah. Especially when she started coming to visit more and more. I was pretty convinced she was just waiting for me to screw up somehow.
That’s a bit of an understatement, huh? You and Eros got off to a rocky start. If you had it to do all over again, would you change anything? I can’t really answer that, you know? I mean, I guess it would’ve been nice if we hadn’t had to go through our doubts and animosity at first, but then our relationship wouldn’t be what it is now. And I’m not sure Eros ever would have been so incredibly romantic if he hadn’t really been forced to work at it. *wink, wink*
You’ve been called the most beautiful human being alive. Talk about pressure, huh? Do you consider yourself to be beautiful? *blushes* Most days, yeah, I do. But I still have to look in the mirror and like what’s underneath my skin too. Like that day I doubted Eros… that was not a “pretty” day for me.
Great answer! Outward beauty only goes so far, right? How do you define true beauty? If Eros proved anything to me, it’s that true beauty comes from within. I sort of always knew that, even back when I had admirers. It seemed so odd that they wanted to look at me but knew nothing about me as a person. I mean, what’s the point? You can stand and stare at a pretty sculpture if surface looks are all you care about.
What is your worst trait? What about your best? Oh, tough question. *nibbles on cheek while thinking* I guess my worst trait is that I rush into decisions. Making hasty choices has gotten me into some bad places. As for my best trait… you’d have to ask Eros. Most days I don’t know what he sees in me, other than that I love him with all my heart. He makes me my best.
One thing I really admire about you is that you seem to have a good relationship with your mom. Has it always been that way? How important is your family in your life? My mom is great. I’m her “baby,” so she and I have always been close. I don’t always like her advice, but she’s usually right, so I’ve learned to listen (even if I act like I’m not).
My family was everything to me before Eros came along. What kills me the most is the way my relationship with my sister has fractured. I don’t want to give anything away from the book, so I’ll leave it at that. I swear I’ll make it up to her someday though. And if she’s reading this, I want her to know that I forgive her too.
I hope she’s reading this too. I suspect she might be.
Friendships wind up being an important part of your journey. Before you met Eros and Aphrodite, would you have rather had a large number of sort-of friends or a small number of super-tight friends? How about now? The answer’s the same for both. I’d take one really close friend over a bunch of pseudo-friends any day. As a princess, particularly a famous one, I was generally limited to just being friends with my sister. And we were really close. *sighs* I mean, that’s why everything that’s happened just kills me. And then she and I grew apart, but Alexa came along and I can’t imagine a better best friend. I wouldn’t trade her for anything.
That’s awesome. True friends are priceless. So let’s say you just won an all-expenses paid vacation anywhere in the world for you and a guest. Where would you go and who would you take? Well, no question I’d take Eros. Who else would I want to travel with? As for a destination… how about visiting each of the Seven Wonders. I’d love to go to Egypt to see the lighthouse and great pyramid, and the hanging gardens sounds amazingly beautiful.
That sounds gorgeous! I’d love to visit Greece some day. Quick, I’m a tourist in Ancient Greece and you’re my tour guide. What places can’t I miss, and what food do I absolutely have to try? Well, I can tell you the cheesecake is pretty awesome. And I’d recommend visiting my home City of Sikyon. We’re the leader in the arts. We have the best plays and the most talented artists in all of ancient Greece. It’s just a wonderful place to bask in culture.
Being in the center of the arts sounds pretty sweet. What’s the best thing about living in Ancient Greece? How about the worst? Well, I think ancient times are much simpler than the world you live in now. That’s great for things like relationships, because there’s not all that technology to get in the way. But when it comes to traveling … let’s just say I love my horse, but for traversing the country, I’d much rather have a car.
Amen. Riding on a horse for hours a day HAS to be tiring. Anything else you want to add before I let you go? Not that I can think of. I just really appreciate you having me here today. You’re welcome to come visit on Olympus anytime! Alexa and I would love to show you around.