A profile on the character of Polyxena (via Polyxena’s Blog)

Hi…this looks really interesting. I’ve never tried writing in an historical setting. Do you spend a lot of time on research?

Polyxena is young and precocious (for most of the novel she is seventeen; she turns eighteen about a month before Troy falls) and has the flaws and vulnerabilities that come with her youthfulness.  She is not perfect and concedes in her opening paragraph that she is not the most beautiful of Priam's daughters (she is the second most beautiful).  She has her likes and dislikes and she makes mistakes, most notably in ignoring her sister, Cassandra' … Read More

via Polyxena's Blog


About Mary E. Martin

Mary E. Martin grew up in Toronto, Canada. After earning an Honors Degree in History at the University of Toronto, she graduated with her law degree from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. In 1973, she was called to the Bar of Ontario and began the general practice of law in Toronto, with emphasis on real estate, wills and estates and elder-care law. This law practice of more than 30 years was a great inspiration for The Osgoode Trilogy ("Conduct in Question," "Final Paradox" and "A Trial of One.") Her fourth novel, “The Drawing Lesson,” will be the first in the next trilogy, provisionally entitled “The Trilogy of Rmembrance.” She is also a photographer particularly with respect to her travels. She has had two commercial photography shows. Married in 1973, she and her husband live in Toronto. They have three adult children.
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2 Responses to A profile on the character of Polyxena (via Polyxena’s Blog)

  1. hallenger says:

    Mary: Actually not that much; mainly I pieced my story together from the things written about individual characters in classical dictionaries. My primary research was centered upon accurately describing the setting, giving the characters the attributes they were noted for. There is an advantage in writing a story in the first person; you create it entirely from the perspective of your protagonist, which minimizes a need to make explanations that are beyond that person’s field of vision, so to speak, so your concentration is on how things are perceived by him/her, how he/she reacts to these, and on achieving an emotional bond through this. Herb
    with him/her.

    • Hi Herb
      That’s very interesting. I’ve always wondered about writing something with an historical setting, but with your use of the first person point of view, I can see how you can overcome problems.

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