Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Telemachus, but you probably have only heard my full name, Telemachus, Son of Odysseus. I always felt pressure to be as good as my father, but he was at war and then lost at sea for the first two decades of my life, so I never had anyone to teach me how to be like him or who I was supposed to be. I confess that growing up, I blamed him for choosing war over me, and when he first came home, although I desperately wanted him to return, I still resented him.
What is your role in the story?
Serendipitously, it is my choice to leave Ithaca that spares me and three of my friends from the Trojans' revenge, and gives Ithaca hope of surviving.
What is your favorite hobby?
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
A large part of story focuses on whether I will be able to come out from my father's shadow and if so, what kind of man I will become.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
Fathers would not be forced to be away from their children.
Title: Telemachus and Homer
Author: Scott Locke
Genre: YA Fantasy
For every boy who grew up in his father’s shadow and every girl who has been underestimated, there comes a time to look within themselves to see if they have the strength to meet the challenges of the lives. For Telemachus this time arrives soon after Odysseus returns from his twenty year absence, when Telemachus comes to appreciate that his own life needs to be about more than waiting for his father to guide him. On the verge of embarking on an adventure, he learns that his community has been threatened and realizes that he does not know how to help. Swallowing his pride, he recognizes that Homer, a young blind woman is a necessary ally. Homer, like Telemachus has something to prove, for although she is respected for her knowledge, she feels unfairly defined by her community. Together, as the people of Ithaca’s last hope, they begin their quest.
Scott Locke is a graduate of Brown University with a concentration in biology and of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he earned his J.D. Scott has published many articles on various aspects of intellectual property. Telemachus and Homer is Scott’s first publication of fiction.
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