Episode #69 – On Repeat

Prophecy Radio episode #69 invites a very special guest—J. Maya, of “Achilles Heel” fame—to join us and talk about her debut EP, Poetic License, as well as her hopes and dreams for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians soundtrack. Plus, we talk about all the latest news in the Riordanverse, including Winston Chu vs. the Whimsies‘ imminent release date, as well as read and discuss Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian chapter 23. This is the final chapter in the book, which means we’ve made it to the end of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series!! New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.

News and updates (00:02:36)

Interview with J. Maya (00:13:12)

  • You are now entering a post-You-Have-Met-J. Maya world!
  • Deferring Harvard Law to build a music career is a huge decision to make, so we’re curious what convinced her this was the right choice for her.
  • “Two Roads” is about that very choice, and talks about giving up stability to follow your dream, so we’re curious if J. Maya has figured out how to find stability in a creative career like this.
  • Yes, we are definitely all “we’d rather be home reading” people.
  • J. Maya has built an incredible audience for herself, especially on TikTok and Instagram, and we just have to know what her secret is!
  • Social media has its pros and cons, but it certainly allows artists to be authentically themselves and build a community of like-minded people.
  • But we also have to know—how do you avoid getting burnt out from social media?
  • As book people, it’s so important to find time to read for pleasure.
  • We’re all a big fan of “Prophecies” here.
  • How did J. Maya’s parents react when “Achilles Heel” went viral and she decided to quit her job to pursue music?
  • Karen has a lot of feelings about this song, so strap in for this one.
  • Our advice is for all ages! You, too, can achieve your dreams when you are An Old.
  • We get some background information on “Achilles Heel.”
  • What makes Greek mythology (and mythology in general) so captivating?
  • If you love mythology, make sure you check out her song “Golden Age.”
  • And if you’re a Percy Jackson fan, you’re gonna want to listen to “Library Card” super closely.
  • But that’s not the only one that references the series!
  • J. Maya breaks down some of her favorite musicians (and musicals!).
  • Now we’re really getting into the Percy Jackson content! Favorite book in the series? Favorite character?
  • How excited is J. Maya about Percy Jackson and the Olympians?
  • We take some time to talk about how important Aryan and Leah’s casting is and will continue to be.
  • Plus, let’s not forget about Rick Riordan Presents!
  • We play a little rapid fire game matching up genres of music with characters from the book.
  • If J. Maya had her pick of genres or eras of music to put in the show, what would they be?
  • Which scene would she love to write a song for?
  • What does J. Maya have in store for 2023? What are her hopes and dreams?
  • This was such a fun episode, and we’re so grateful J. Maya took the time to chat with us!
  • Make sure you stick around for details about our giveaway for J. Maya’s debut EP, Poetic License.

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian (01:47:37)

  • It’s time to talk about the FINAL CHAPTER—The Last Olympian chapter 23.
  • We’re excited and sad at the same time!
  • We wonder how Nico’s undead warriors are compensated for their labor.
  • This universe is so rich, and we’re always coming up with more stories we’d like to read.
  • We’re so glad the Hermes Cabin has a little more space these days.
  • What exactly was Poseidon thanking Percy for??
  • That joke about Poseidon having other children was a little mean…
  • How did they fit all the names of the fallen on that Empire State Building bead??
  • We’re so happy to see Hestia back at Camp Half-Blood.
  • Annabeth is totally staying in New York City to keep an eye on Olympus’ rebuilding and definitely not for any other reasons.
  • Maybe that next Great Prophecy will be decades for now…but it’s unlikely. This IS Rick Riordan after all.
  • Isn’t it weird how fast we got through these five books?
  • It’s great seeing Annabeth and Rachel as friends at the end of this one.
  • We’re gonna save our big thoughts on the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series in another episode!

Feedback (02:10:35)

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 70, where we’ll do our What If…? scenarios for The Last Olympian, plus discuss “Percy Jackson and the Singer Apollo.”

This episode’s hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz.

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