I have an amazing fantasy author as my guest today: Juli D. Revezzo who will tell us about faery godmothers!!!! :)
The mythos of a faery godmother
Juli D. Revezzo
Faeries have been around for millennia and have given authors a wellspring of inspiration. Shakespeare used faeries in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the form of Puck, Queen Titania, and King Oberon; even Chaucer mentioned them in the 13th century. Before any of those, the Arthurian legends spoke of faeries, giving his sister Morgan the nickname le fey which translates to “the fairy.”
Originally, these fae beings were, at least in Ireland, the gods, demoted when the population widely adopted Christianity. It was Yeats, in his book Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry and Irish Fairy Tales (1888 and 1892 respectively) and (a little later, J.M. Barrie) who changed our perception of them from gods to the singing, tramping about little imp-like beings we are used to today.
These beings also mixed with other mythologies. Specifically the type of fairy we find in fairy tales like Charles Perrault’s Cinderella, who became a benevolent mentor—the fairy godmother. She flits here and there when called to change the unhappy maid’s fate. (Or in the case of, say, Sleeping Beauty, help after the damage has been done)
I thought about all the pressure this power and responsibility must lay on the individual faery godmother. What if she focused so hard on trying to succeed, that she inadvertently messed up, more often than not? Would she get another chance? Would she succeed a second time? If so, what then? In this day and age, can the faery godmothers even be sure we still need them? These ideas mixed in my head and out popped the heroine of my new novel, CHANGELING’S CROWN, Ianthe, with her story of exactly what happens to such a godmother when she makes a mistake (or three). According to her, being a faery godmother is not as easy as it looks.
What does happen to her? Well, how about a peek at CHANGELING’S CROWN?
When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.
Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.
Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?
CHANGELING’S CROWN can be found at:
And if you’d like to add it to your Good Reads To-Be-Read list, you can do so here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22431583-changeling-s-crown
I hope you enjoy this fun little read. Thanks, Chrystalla, for hosting me today!
About Juli D. Revezzo
Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. Her paranormal series Antique Magic and Harshad Wars are available now. CHANGELING’S CROWN is her first published new adult novel. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of Independent Authors Network and Magic Appreciation Tour.
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