Columbus, OH - Author V.C. Birlidis announced today he has signed with boutique publisher Ellysian Press. His novel, Muse Unexpected, is a young-adult fantasy adventure based in Chios, Greece. It focuses on the complex relationship between three women who struggle to deal with their family's supernatural legacy and the prophecy that not only impacts one of them, but also the entire human race.
Synopsis: Sophie was sure her mother had reached an epic level of crazy. ‘We’re Muses?’ Out of all of the Greek Gods, she thought Muses were lame and she found the idea ridiculous. However, Sophie couldn't explain away why her mood swings triggered an uncontrollable ability to shoot powers bursts of energy out of her hands and her physical transformation that made Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries look like a bad Walmart make-over.
Sophie soon realizes modern day Muses have evolved into powerful guardians of humankind, tasked with keeping mortals on the right path and the original Olympians locked away from the world.
But old hatreds don’t die easily, especially for immortal enemies that have an eternity to plot and gather their forces. Well aware of the Fates’ foretelling of another Olympian war, and a young Muse that would rise up as a warrior and defeat them, the Olympians have vowed to either possess Sophie or destroy her.
"I am thrilled to have my first novel published with Ellysian Press," V.C. Birlidis offered. "When I set out to create the Olympian world that Sophie would be transplanted in, I wanted it to be quirky, comical and extremely dark.
Forcing the Greek Myths off of their golden pedestals and thrusting them into the modern world was key. My Greek Gods are charming and comical, while also being homicidal, selfish and relentless in their pursuit of resurrecting Mount Olympus and damning the human race to a never-ending life of servitude to the Gods."
V.C. Birlidis was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has always been involved in the arts. He attended the New World School of the Arts and was a member of The Miami Ballet. Mr. Birlidis moved to Ohio to attend college where he earned his Bachelor's degree in marketing and communications from Capital University.
He currently is the Director of Marketing at one of the top midwest advertising agencies, SBC Advertising. He has freelanced as a writer for Outlook News and Tickled Pink Magazine, where he wrote a comical advice column named Ask V. Five years in the making and inspired by the numerous Greek myths his father would utilize as demented bed time stories, Muse, Unexpected is Mr. Birlidis' first novel. It is the first book in his Muse series.