Hades is Haute (Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman)

“He’s so… naughty!”

“I love him!”

“Hades is Haute.”

Everyone loves a bad boy, and while readers have told us that they can relate to either Meg or Shar, they love Hades—and so do we. In fact, we see Sirenz as having three main characters—the girls, and Hades. What was in our heads when we brought him to life? Part myth, part fantasy, Hades is both what you’d expect a Greek god to be—and nothing like you’d imagine.

What Hades IS: Greek, immortal, treacherous and powerful, like the gods are traditionally described. As ruler of the Underworld, Hades controls souls and the afterlife, and has dominion over all things below ground; its riches, its secret places, its aura of dark terror. Hades is self serving and not to be trusted, just like his family: father Kronos, the first god (Titan) who preferred to eat his children before they could wrest away his rule, to his brother Zeus, who usurped Hades’ birthright (as first born, Hades should have, by rights, been ruler of the Pantheon).

In Sirenz, Hades is married to Persephone as is traditional. We wanted to stay as true to the mythology as possible because all the gods’ stories are so tightly interwoven. Demeter is the grieving and bitter mother-in-law who causes the seasons, Hera, the overwhelmed queen of the squabbling pantheon, and Zeus, the absentee ruler/father.

What Hades is NOT: Most depictions of Hades from film to novel show him to be Satan-like; hideous, soul-stealing, and ruler of a hell-like kingdom. How attractive is that? We made Hades to-die-for gorgeous (keeping actor Ian Somerhalder in mind helped with the, ahem, visuals), and gave him a flirtatious, devious, mischievous, and unpredictable personality—as readers will see when Sirenz Back in Fashion comes out next year (sorry—no spoilers!)  What most people don’t expect is to like Hades. Oh, you know he’s dangerous, and he wants to make a deal when you’re at your most desperate. That’s not anti-God, it’s simply a good business deal. Hades doesn’t want Meg and Shar to kill, torture or do anything terrible to anyone, just chauffeur a recalcitrant “client” on his final obligatory business trip.

Our Hades is funny, charming, and dresses better than any fashion icon (togas are so BC). Yes, he’s vain. If you were a god, wouldn’t you be? That makes him even more appealing, his humanness—which is also a built-in aspect of traditional myth; the gods were flawed. But he doesn’t dictate to mortals from afar. He’s mixing it up with us. And the fantasy of a handsome dark soul, still redeemable perhaps, able to make dreams come true, is one that women and men share.

Keep an eye out; there’s more to Hades than truth, fiction, rumor, fantasy and myth. We’d tell you more, but we made a deal and have a non-disclosure clause…

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Thank you to Charlotte and Natalie for sharing this wonderful post about how they created their version of Hades. Be sure to pick up a copy of Sirenz and get it signed at PAYA! Copies will be available there.

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