The Joy of Research: The Fae… Will-o’-the-wisp

Will-o’-the-wisp ~ are atmospheric ghost lights seen by travelers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes where they’ve hidden their treasure. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travelers from the safe paths.

(Found a couple, but will be adding to the list at another time)

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The Joy of Research: The Fae… White Ladies

White ladies ~ There are stories of the white ladies all over the world. Some are malevolent, but in many cases if a person shows the right respect a white lady can in fact be very benevolent. They are usually well disposed to humans, and may help travelers find their way, aid women in childbirth, prophecy the future, make cows give milk, show miners rich veins of precious metal, turn pebbles into precious stones, and bestow wonderful gifts on their favorites. White ladies can also manifest near holy wells, streams, borders, or in fact any place that is sacred. Below are just a few examples of white ladies.

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The Joy of Research: The Fae… The Working Class: Brownies

Even in the most glamorized and powerfully magical societies there are still those who do the work that none of those in high society wishes to do. They are the ones that do the dirty jobs, they take on the backbreaking and even sometimes bloody tasks that no one else wants to sully their hands with. These Fae are also those, even more so than any other, work the closest around human society on a day-to-day basis. Their jobs are often thankless, their loyalty and devotion taken for granted by the Fae nobility, and while they do tend to have higher fertility rates the other Fae, they also have more finite lifespans in the whole. For these reasons they are often treated as expendable by the Fae royalty in times of war or hardships, with little to no voice over the choices made it affect their lives that of their families.

While there are many Fae working-class, one of the more numerous are the brownies. Pay particular attention to the Bwbach, for one of their kin may play an especially important role in the goings-on of Natural Rebirth.

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The Joy of Research: The Fae… Dewas

I thought over the next few weeks I would share some of the types of Fae that will appear on the website, particularly those that will either have an important role in the novel Natural Rebirth, or will be important to the Daughters of the Goddess series itself. Those of you familiar with the series, or at least the first book, as well as some of my other novels and stories, you’ll know that Natural Order is set about 13 years or more before everything else. That is because the event crucial to the future of the magical races happens in the series. So far readers have got to know the Clan/Shifter through Natural Order, and the Conclave/Magi through Ancestral Magic. Outside of a novella that will be available sometime next year in my free fiction section, Natural Rebirth will be readers first introduction to the Fae as they appear in the mythology of the Guardian Circle. For that reason I thought I should start with introducing the fairies that are to be Elizabeth’s first experience with the Fae folk as well (at least the first she remembers *wink*). Keep in mind, there are thousands of different types of dewas they go by many different names across countless cultures. These are just a few.

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The Joy of Research: The Fae… the basics

As part of my work on the new website I’m working on building the page on the Fae of the Guardian Circle; who they are, how their society works, and how they interact with the other magical races and humanity. I’ll be doing several posts over the next few weeks with tidbits on the different types of Fae, and how their appearance in the mythos of the Guardian circle may be different from the traditional legends. I figure in hundreds upon hundreds of years, and with the effect of the human control and treatment of the world so drastically changing, and have to have an effect on beings so closely tied to nature.

I have lots of different Fae from lots of different cultures that will be appearing in my upcoming stories, notably quite a number of them in the sequel to Natural Order. The exception to this is many of the Native American, Australian, and African Fae which I am working on separately due to some important roles in some larger projects coming up. There’ll be a few of those in the main list, but for the most part they will have their own sections connected to the books they appear in. Also keep in mind, even once the Fae page goes up on the website it will be a 10th of the size of the core database I’m creating on the Fae. It is possible I will still get carried away by how much I add to the website, but I’m trying not to clutter the patient to.
Here are the basics. This information you will find on the website as well. If you notice anything that needs fixed or clarified please let me know.

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Writer’s Process: Thoughts on Writing Sequels and Natural Order Peek

Lately I’ve been pretty focused on the subject of sequels. I remembered a few years ago before I started college I got e-mail from my publisher stating that my sequel for Ancestral Magic (currently named Shadow Magic), didn’t have enough back story. Now I admit, as a woman who enjoys a good fantasy or paranormal book series, nothing irritates me more than feeling like a previous book is being retold in the following one. Fortunately, for my sake and that of my readers would’ve been politely nudging me for the sequel, I finally got over the creative speedbump and now Shadow Magic due out early next spring.

Lately I have been working away on my newest project, National Rebirth, the sequel to my novel that is coming out in a few days, Natural Order. It’s crazy hard. It’s been so long since I wrote the first one, I had to really reacquaint myself with the story, and the little details. Timeline was a huge one. The characters, those seem to always remain with me, but setting, dates, even name sometimes, those can be tricky. I found the easiest thing was to become a scholar of the first book, before I even started working on the second. While I have enough back story this time with all slowing the pace? Who knows. But I now have a better respect for the authors I used to be irritated with as I waited for the sequels and continuing sagas of their work.

So for my readers who have enjoyed getting to know the wonderful folks in the community of Green Grove, and who are waiting patiently to revisit there, I invite you to come and get to know the Archiquette family and their newest daughter, Elizabeth.

Here’s a sample of that community from soon to be released novel, Natural Order.

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