"Today is my birthday."
In Selkie's family, you don't celebrate birthdays. You don't talk about birthdays. And you never, ever reveal your birth date." Until now. The instant Selkie blurts out the truth to Ben in the middle of Boston Common, her whole world shatters. Because her life has been nothing but a lie—an elaborate enchantment meant to conceal the truth: Selkie is a half-faerie princess. And her mother wants her dead.
The Girl Who Never Was is Skylar Dorset's brilliant new debut published on June 3rd, 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire. I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the second book!
I'm excited to have Skylar answering some questions on my blog today and I hope it makes you guys want to read the book. Happy reading!
Wondrous Reads: Hi Skylar, thanks for answering my questions! First up: what was your inspiration for The Girl Who Never Was?
Skylar Dorset: Weirdly, it all started with a dream. Sometimes I have these really detailed narrative dreams that seem like slices of a story. And I had a dream about a man walking into his home to find an unknown blonde woman asleep on his couch. That image became the opening of the book.
WR: Have you always had an interest in faeries and The Seelie Court?
SD: Not really. I always liked fantasy books, and I also always like faeries in the abstract, and I really wanted to explore some of the existing fantasy mythologies and use them as jumping off points, so that was my impetus for really starting to dig into faeries and the Seelie Court. I actually read about the Cottingley hoax first (in which two young girls managed to convince people they’d photographed real faeries, back at the turn of the last century), and I just found that so incredibly fascinating that I knew I wanted to include faeries in my book.
WR: Did you do any research into all the different fae and their mythology?
SD: I did. Once I let it be known that I was thinking of writing a book involving faeries, I had several friends loan me books that they or their relatives or acquaintances possessed, all about faeries and faerie lore. These books were invaluable in giving me a background. And, I’ll admit it, the Internet helped. The Internet *always* helps.
WR: Who was the most fun character for you to write?
SD: I love them all, but I actually think Will was the most fun to write. I just felt like there was so much to Will, like what we see of him in TGWNW is just the tip of his iceberg. So he was fun to write, with all of his sarcastic asides about events that took place hundreds of years ago.
WR: Can you tell us anything (anything at all) about the second book in the series, The Boy With the Hidden Name?
SD: I can tell you that my absolute *favorite* character to write in the duology doesn’t really show up until The Boy With the Hidden Name. Is that enough of a teaser for you? ;-) (Incidentally, how cool a word is “duology”?)
WR: Who are your top 5 faeries from film, TV and literature?
SD: In no particular order:
--Titania from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
--Tinkerbell from “Peter Pan”
--Jareth from “Labyrinth” (I’ve decided to count him as a faerie)
--The gentleman with the thistle-down hair from “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”
--Cosmo and Wanda from “The Fairly OddParents” (how could I possibly choose between them?! I count them as one, therefore :) )
- Official site: Skylar Dorset.com
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- US publisher's site: Sourcebooks