As a result of this new mindset, today I sent off my very first query for GALLOWGLASS, and I am so fricken' excited! A little background on this project: as you may or may not know, I've always been fascinated by Celtic myths and legends. A few years ago I stumbled onto the story of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth century minister who wrote a book called The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies. (Check it out, it's a real book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4168758-the-secret-commonwealth-of-elves-fauns-and-fairies )
While taking a night time stroll around the fairy hill in 1692, Robert Kirk died, apparently from a stroke. Legend states that he didn't die, but that the fairies, outraged that he revealed their secrets, kidnapped him and imprisoned him in a tree atop the fairy hill. According to the rumors, he's still there today.
Holy crap, here was a real guy, who had not only written about his dealings with fairies, but was supposedly punished for doing so. And he died on a fairy hill! Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.
So, I started making stuff up about him, what had he been doing, had he really just been standing there in a tree, did he even remember his time as a reverend? And, what would happen if he was set free?
Below is the query I sent out for GALLOWGLASS, the latest step in a project that I've been working on for over five years. I'm excited, proud, nervous...but most of all, I'd like to know what you think? Would you read it?
|Here it is, the fairy hill where it all began|
What would you do if you’d crossed an entire ocean to get away from your problems, only to run smack dab into the Fairy Queen’s personal assassin?
Desperate to escape a recent heartbreak, Karina Stewart accepted a research grant in the UK to work on her doctoral thesis. Along for the ride is her brother, Chris, who had been a best-selling author until his ex-fiancée sued him for plagiarism. Karina’s research brings them to Aberfoyle, Scotland, where local legend claims that seventeenth century minister Robert Kirk was kidnapped by fairies. Quite by accident, Karina frees Reverend Kirk.
Robert tells Karina that he spent the last few hundred years not as a prisoner, but as the Fairy Queen’s gallowglass, a mercenary cum assassin. Despite her brother’s warnings, Karina lets Robert accompany them on their tour of Scotland. After they’re attacked by demons sent to retrieve Robert, Karina realizes that the Fairy Queen will do anything to reclaim Robert. Only, Karina doesn’t want to let him go.