My novel is a (sort of?) re-telling of a Greek myth in the modern era, taking many liberties and with a lot of poetic license. There are three main characters, each of which is based off of a character from Greek mythology. This can be difficult to handle, as I'm trying to write flawed, human characters based off of infallible god-like beings. The three major character are: Kaeneus - The major protagonist. He is based off of the Lapith of the same name (sometimes spelled Caeneus). In my re-telling, Kaeneus is a teenage transgender boy who deals with all the normal troubles of high school, as well as his transitioning, and a series of gruesome murders on top of it all. Enos - Inspired by Poseidon. As the original Greek myth would suggest, he is a love interest for Kaeneus. In actually looking into the mythology, it becomes apparent that the gods are actually very violent, egotistical and borderline psychopathic. I've tried to embody this in Enos by making him similar to the 'rich, over privileged, private school education brat' trope. also, and this might be too on the nose, but to strengthen the metaphor between him and the god of the sea, I have him as the swim team captain and an avid horse rider. (Poseidon is also credited as being the god of horses, fyi). He is arrogant, entitled and has a nasty violent streak. He is also *spoiler alert* responsible for the aforementioned murders. A - vaguely inspired by Athena. A is probably the most 'original' character, in that I haven't really pulled specific traits or plot lines from mythology for her. She is Kaeneus' other love interest, as well as the sheriff's daughter who gets a little too involved and obsessed with solving the murders. The problem I'm having is still writing these characters as what they are, teenagers, while still maintaining a level of depth/intelligence/something that makes them more than just that.