When I first started writing The Meadows, the original title was going to be Asphodel Meadows. But several of my friends had trouble pronouncing it, so I decided to have the main character in the story shorten the name of her bed and breakfast since that’s what everyone in the town called it anyway.
Asphodel Meadows is mentioned in Homer’s The Odyssey. In Greek mythology, Asphodel Meadows is a sort of purgatory, where the ordinary folks go once they’re dead, as opposed to Elysium, or Elysian Fields, where the blessed souls live out eternity. Hades–the underworld–is the unpleasant alternative to either of these places.
Asphodel Meadows is the final resting place for souls who did not commit any great crimes in their lives, but nor did they do any great good. These folks didn’t make it into Elysian Fields, so they get to live out eternity in the indifferent median of the afterlife.
In The Meadows, Nashville songwriter Scarlett DeHaven is caught in a middle ground of her own life. When she arrives at her new home, she’s recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Before coming to Asphodel House, she’s been doing pretty well–staying clean and sober and attempting to put her life back together. But The Meadows is a property with a long history of murders and hauntings–a favorite place for a local cult to perform their rituals. As Scarlett is visited by spirits with increasingly violent intent, it doesn’t take long for her to slide back into old coping mechanisms and her own purgatory.
I wanted to create a strong parallel between Scarlett’s life and the nature of Asphodel House, so hopefully, that comes across in the story.
Interestingly, asphodels are also a Eurasian flower. Homer mentions them several times in The Odyssey as flowers growing in Elysian Fields as well as Asphodel Meadows.
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