Hi, everyone! Today I’m here with an interview with debut author Elizabeth Tammi, author of Outrun the Wind, which comes out on the 27th of this month (and which, by the way, I really enjoyed! sapphic ladies in ancient Greece? YES.). We chatted about retellings, finding time to write in college, the process of being a debut author, and more. Enjoy!
about the book
The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.
To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.
She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.
For those of our readers who aren’t familiar with Outrun the Wind, could you briefly tell us what your book is about?
Sure! So, in short, Outrun the Wind is a YA sapphic reimagining of the story of Atalanta from Greek mythology. There’s also an escaped oracle, a deadly footrace, and plenty of other mythological mayhem involved, haha.
Outrun the Wind is a retelling of the Greek myth of Atalanta. Hers is a story many might not be familiar with. What drew you to Atalanta’s story in particular?
Atalanta is really one of very few prominent, mortal female figures from Greek mythology. Her story is absolutely fascinating– she has unmatched speed and accuracy, and is incredibly bold and ambitious considering her era. I’m completely enamored by her ferocity and spirit, and felt a deep connection to her almost as soon as I read about her original myth.
As the author of a retelling, how did you decide what to keep from the original mythology, what to change completely about it, and what new elements you wanted to add into your version of the story?
I read that you wrote Outrun the Wind during your freshman year of college. How did you balance school, extracurriculars, a social life, general life stuff, and writing a novel?!
What do you hope readers will take away from Outrun the Wind?
Can you talk a bit about being a debut author? It seems like such an exciting time! How has the process been for you?
Finally, since I know you’re a fellow choir person, I have to ask: do you have any favorite choral pieces? Are there any that remind you of Outrun the Wind?
Thanks so much to Elizabeth for coming on the blog! Have you read Outrun the Wind? If so, let’s discuss! If not, do you plan to read it?