My name is Seressia Glass, and I’m an Ancient Egypt addict.
My sister and I have shared this fascination for as long as I can remember. Maybe it started when we watched the Isis/Shazam hour on Saturday afternoons when we were kids. All I know is that I glommed onto every bit of programming about ancient Egypt that I could find. I’ve spent hours at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University perusing their extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts including mummies. I didn’t know what I’d do with the information, I just know that I enjoyed absorbing it. It was my hobby, and it was fun.
I managed to lace a little mythology into some of my earlier work, but not paranormal romance. Then one day it hit me: The Sons of Anubis. Of course, being the mythical offspring of the Egyptian jackal-headed god of death and embalming, these guys had to be jackal shapeshifters, right? It followed that they’d be protectors, because that’s heroic, but protecting who from what? Ah—protecting the living from the dead who think they can outsmart Anubis and the Weighing of the Heart ceremony that determines how they spend their afterlife.
So who should the love interests be for these brave long-lived warriors? Well if there are Sons of Anubis, there must be Daughters…of Isis! Priestesses imbued with all the mystical power of Isis who stood side-by-side with the jackals to protect the land of the living. At least they did, until betrayal drove the Sons and Daughters apart. Bringing them back together to face a common enemy—ah, that’s the stuff of romance!
Writing about these two camps of magical, nearly-immortal beings allows me to indulge my love of Egyptology because I can layer in Ancient Egyptian rituals and magic and mythology and all the research and glomming I’ve done over the years. I get to combine two of my great loves—writing and Ancient Egypt and present it in a series of stories I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
What about you? Have you been able to turn something you love into a vocation? A dream into reality?