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An Ancient Matriarchal Society

Karen Martin
Karen Martin Author Interview

Dancing the Labyrinth follows a young woman from an abusive background who discovers the veiled history of the Minoans. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The kernel of this idea came from a concern: How, as a mother, can I raise my son to be a decent human being? The unspoken part of this question is – ‘in a patriarchal society.’ Australia has escalating numbers of domestic violence, and because I am contributing to raising the next generation, I feel I have some accountability. As a theatre writer I was surprised the idea came as a novel, so I thought, having planned to live in Crete for a year, I would write it there. At that time I had no idea about the Minoans. So you can imagine my delight to find myself walking the paths of an ancient Matriarchal society. The more I researched, the more the story blossomed. I could never have written it anywhere else. Crete is a very strong land, and is very inspiring. It is full of stories.

Cressida is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

To be honest, it was always Cressida’s voice I followed. I have tamed her down a bit – initially she swore like a trooper. In writing, I believe there are aspects of oneself that seep through and I drew on my love of Greek mythology and some of the experiences I had in Crete – like getting sick and being told that “Kriti has me” – which it does. I also drew on my experience of running circus workshops for young women who were survivors. I used their experiences as appropriate. For example, traits such as anxiety, lack of self-worth and distrust. In terms of character development, I am aware of the stages of the ‘hero’s journey,’ and this worked beautifully for Cressida’s growth and development. I also included concepts from psychologists Carl Jung and Erich Newman.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

All my creative work tends to explore transitions. I am really interested in those undefined areas between boundaries where something is transitioning from one thing to another. In Dancing the Labyrinth one theme was the movement from matriarchy to patriarchy. The Minoans didn’t have any weapons for war and yet were the most advanced civilization in the Bronze Age. Patriarchy from the north brought violence with it. I also explored transitions in consciousness, where our mind shifted in ways of thinking: from the mystical to magical, introducing rational thinking, and because it was a different way of thinking we were unable to contain both. Vrados exemplifies this shift. This research drew on a great book called The History and Origins of Consciousness.

What can readers expect in the next book in the The Women Unveiled series?

I have just finished the first draft and started my editing process. It is called ‘the Bringer of Happiness.’ My pitch to date is: Imagine if Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a daughter who could time travel. This could be her story.’ I would be very happy with your feedback on this 😊

Sara floats into other people’s bodies. Through her we witness early Christianity – leading up to the Cathar’s massacre at Montsegur. It refers to Greek mythology, especially Persphone and Ariadne, and references the connections between the Eleusinian Mysteries and that of the Mysteries purportedly taught by Mary Magdalene in the South of France – Languedoc region.

My third book in the series will return to Cressida, and follow Ashtar as she leaves the community and establishes Delphi.

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When Cressida falls pregnant, her overwhelming fear is that she will pass on her father’s violent DNA. It takes an ancient matriarchal culture to teach her otherwise.
Dancing the Labyrinth moves between contemporary and ancient Crete in this tale of a young woman from an abusive background who discovers the veiled history of Europe’s most advanced civilization of the Bronze Age – the Minoans. 
Karen Martin’s spellbinding debut brings women’s history to the fore – relevant in the landscape of the #MeToo movement and #EnoughisEnough

Dancing the Labyrinth

Dancing the Labyrinth by Karen Martin is a story filled with myths, legends, and goddesses. Karen has woven a tale of the past connecting flawlessly with the future by covering the bridge with a vision of the priestess. Dancing the Labyrinth is a story that makes you question your beliefs. I love tales which makes you broaden your horizons and forces you to see and experience something different, something that changes your perspective. Cressida, whose life changed when she arrived in her dream country of Greece, stumbling into a tomb where she experienced the parallels of the world, the past and the future. The experience was divine, yet gruesome.

Author Karen Martin describes the existence of a matriarchal society. Many religions claim it to be true, but Karen captures the essence of it. The transition that shifted society to a patriarchal and violent nature, the story tells this perspective through Pythia, Ashtar and Lydia. The Priestesses, the embodiment of the Mother, the Goddess. It’s a tale of time, conveyed to Cressida through her dreams. But the story doesn’t stop here. Instead, with the help of Angela, Cressida tries to understand and to decipher what happened to the civilization, the existence of the tomb. It is a harrowing story. With the suffering inflicted upon women, to the modern world. Greek mythology is famous all over the world, but the perspective on it in this book is unique and intriguing.

The story continuously switches writing styles. The book starts casually and with contemporary language and then switches to old an older writing style. Along with this we also get switches in point of views. The story is also filled with Greek myth references that will definitely appeal to readers who are familiar with the mythology.

Dancing the Labyrinth was a rewarding experience. I love a story where mythology meets science and the premise was refreshing and made for a riveting read.

Pages: 300 | ASIN: B0985T8VTH

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