Myth Mondays: Behind the Scenes with The Lady of the Flowers by Shan Ellis

Please welcome Shan Ellis to Myth Mondays for her post on The Lady of the Flowers, which is featured in Seducing the Myth. Take it away, Shan…


Blodeuwedd is a welsh story from the Mabinogi, dating back to the 13th Century. I knew the story from a very early age as I’ve always been interested in Celtic and Briton mythology, but this one was actually set around the place where I grew up, Dyffryn Nantlle in the foothills of Snowdonia. There was one other story I was toying with from the Mabinogion, but that one was far more complex and ended up being a novella which is in the process of being edited for submission.

Blodeuwedd (pronounced Blow-dew-eth in case you were wondering) has always had a bad rep. in stories written about her. That’s predominantly because these stories are written by men. She intrigued me, I was always drawing her, my ex husband has one of these drawings as a tattoo! She’s always been painted as the evil temptress, who drew her heroic invincible husband into an untimely trap. I thought it was about time that she was presented in a different light. Basically she was made for a man who wasn’t allowed to marry a mortal woman by his mum. Just imagine, one minute you’re a bunch of flowers blowing mindlessly in the breeze, the next minute you’re a sentient being, presented to a pig herder as a wife! I always thought that her only crime was to fall in love with someone that wasn’t her husband, and as for the mother in law…well I’m sure we’ve all got stories to tell about those. I’ve been aching to get this story out on paper for the last few years and finally this anthology provided me with the perfect platform for presenting it.

Welsh and Celtic mythology is full of headstrong, modern-thinking women, and they’re always getting one up on their men. I love their sass, and have always felt, although the stories are romantic, that there’s a passion in them that belongs burning away on the shelves of erotica greats.

Find out more about Shan on her website, http://www.repressedsoul.wordpress.com

Find out how to bag your copy of Seducing the Myth here.

5 Responses to "Myth Mondays: Behind the Scenes with The Lady of the Flowers by Shan Ellis"

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  1. Elizabeth Thorne

    September 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    There’s actually a WONDERFUL musical about this character called “A Wife Made Out of Flowers,” which I heard at the Edinburgh Fringe many years ago, and it is in constant rotation on my mp3 player.

  2. Kellie Kamryn

    September 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Interesting to look at a myth in a different light! Great post.

  3. shan

    September 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for hosting Lucy, I’d love to see the musical, sounds pretty original!

  4. Kay Dee Royal

    September 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Shan!! We just virtually spent the day together Saturday (smile), and here you are again. Love it!

    I loved your story – Congratulations on your publishing success and I wish you many, many more.

  5. Louisa Bacio

    September 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Fascinating tale! She sounds very much like the woman I wrote about, Lilith. Another “headstrong” woman who’s made into a villain!