#AuthorTalk – Daughter of Light and Shadows by Anna McKerrow (@AnnaMcKerrow) @bookouture #NewRelease #FantasyFiction

I am over the moon to have Anna McKerrow stop by the blog today.  Daughter of Light and Shadows is out NOW and it is currently 99p on Kindle.

The cover is magical and incredibly beautiful. I cannot wait to have a review for you on the blog very soon.

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  • Fantasy
  • Coming of Age
  • Romance

♥ Blurb ♥

The stranger stood in the doorway, smiling as if he knew her. His blue-green eyes were transfixing: strange, luminous – like the sea on a cloudy day…

Faye Morgan – beautiful, independent and lonely – runs her family’s small shop of magical curiosities like her mother and grandmother before her. She longs for an escape, unaware of the dark power that flows through her veins…

When Faye casts a spell into the sea one cold morning, her call brings her to the attention of the wild and impulsive faerie king Finn Beatha. Finn pulls Faye into an intoxicating new world, both magical and treacherous… and as bewitching as Finn himself, who seems to command every part of her when he’s near.

As Faye’s passion for Finn grows, so does her fear that she might be there for some darker reason… and that she could be trapped in Faerie forever. Is there something in Faye’s past connecting her to this place, to Finn? And dare she find out more when every moment draws her further away from her old world?

Author Guest Post

Writing my favourite character: Faye Morgan

By Anna McKerrow

The protagonist of my new book, Daughter of Light and Shadows, is Faye Morgan: a young hereditary witch who runs a magic shop in a small coastal village in Fife. The Morgans have always been the witches in the village, and they have a mixed relationship with the people they live alongside: for some, they’ve always been the people to go to for advice, healing and magic. For others, they’re the strange family, the outsiders, to be feared and avoided. One of Faye’s ancestors, Grainne Morgan, was tried as a witch hundreds of years ago, and that trauma still aches in Faye’s heart.

Faye’s story is one of a young woman coming to terms with her heritage, and stepping into her own power. She begins the book as a quiet young woman who keeps her head down; she’s not like her mother, a free spirit who wouldn’t have dreamt of not being exactly who she was. Faye is shy; she doesn’t have many close friends (though her best friend, Annie, is as close as a sister) mainly because she doesn’t trust the power that’s in her, waiting to be expressed. She’s been ridiculed, singled out and sidelined for being from a family of witches, and rather than fight back, her instinct is initially to hide away.

How Faye comes into her power is varied. Faye finds a connection with the faery realm and begins a sexual relationship with a faery king (think David Bowie in Labyrinth and you won’t go far wrong). Their relationship reveals much about Faye to herself that she didn’t know before, and helps her to recognise herself as a mature, sexual woman. She recognises her desire, and goes through a process towards accepting it. She also gains strength from healing the ancestral trauma that’s still there from Grainne and other Morgans, persecuted for their wisdom.

It’s not all smooth sailing, and Faye was in some ways a difficult character to write because she had to toe the line between empowered and challenged; I felt she had to grow into herself rather than be some kind of kickass Mary Sue from the start. The reality is that we all spend our lifetimes slowly healing from trauma, and sometimes it can take a lifetime to develop strength and emotional resilience against the setbacks we’ve suffered. She begins by being overcome by being in the realm of faerie when she finds herself there, somewhat by accident. Who wouldn’t be, realistically? As time goes on, she finds strategies to be able to deal with the more supernatural elements of her new life, but it takes time.

Faye also has to deal with her feelings about being abandoned by a father she never knew; as her story progresses, that’s something that becomes more and more relevant for her, and she realises that she has to deal with her childhood sadnesses and fears as much as the more pressing threats on the action side of the story.

In terms of action, I nonetheless wanted Faye to be the rescuer and the enabler in the story, so she rescues her love interest and finds ways to deal with her own problems – I most definitely think that we’re beyond reading about women in need of rescue at this point in history. Writing a scene where a powerful woman rescues a less powerful man from peril always fills me with delight, and that’s something I definitely wanted to include in Faye’s story.

I hope that Faye is relatable – she makes mistakes, she doesn’t think of many smooth comebacks and she beats herself up way too much for things she thinks she’s done wrong, but hasn’t. Just because she’s been brought up as a witch in the old folk traditions of Scotland doesn’t mean she’s any less prone to making the wrong decision and falling for the wrong man. But, hopefully, as she works it out, we feel as though her heart’s in the right place, and we’re rooting for her.  Because she’s a normal young woman finding the power that’s available for us all to find if we believe in ourselves.

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