I’m often asked where the inspiration for my novels come from, and for the most part I don’t have a clear-cut answer. I’m a voracious reader, a pop culture junkie and a self-confessed nerd. I also have a deep love of horror/sci-fi/action movies and am fascinated with ancient history and world mythology, and I tend to absorb and store away juicy tidbits, images, and phrases from all these sources to drive and influence future writing. I will also freely admit that I tend to be drawn to the dark side—I love my vampires, ghosts, demons and even the occasional hit man.
So how did a fun, quirky tale about a teenage girl and her involvement with the Tylwyth Teg come about? Like most things it came from a variety of influences and interest; my (admittedly) fanatic devotion to Torchwood (British sci-fi cult fav TV show), my desires to travel through historic Great Britain and the draw of the unique history/culture/folklore of the often disparaged and overlooked Wales.
In this pursuit to find my own story with a Welsh mythological background I dove headfirst into reading about the Druids, the folk traditions of pre-Christain/ pre- Roman Britain, the enduring Authruian tales, Tristan and Isolde, and the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, historical accounts, archeological studies, you name it. In the process my curiosity became a passion. I feel in love with the stories, the language, the physical beauty of the land, and the gumption of the Welsh people in hanging on to their distinct identity.
Thus Fair Folk in Knob’s End (the Daughters of Annwn) was born. The first novel in this planned series was released this month by Featherweight Press, and I’d love for you to take the journey with me to this magical land.
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Goodreads giveaway link: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/48258-fair-folk-in-knob-s-end