I know many of you have read stories about fae before but, for those of you who haven’t, the question has been asked why I spell faerytale with an ‘e’ as opposed to an ‘i’.
Gossamer is based on Irish legends and lore, specifically about the fae. I’m not trying to sound too simplistic but I know many of you aren’t familiar with this stuff. So, let me try my best to explain. In most legends fairy is spelled–faery or faerie. The simple reason why–it stems from the word fae (which is just what you call all faeries). I use the spelling faery throughout Gossamer and, for me, I feel as though I can’t spell every use of the word faery in my book with an ‘e’ but then randomly spell faerytale with an ‘i’. So that is why my tagline is “Shouldn’t all faerytales end with happily-ever-after”. Kyla’s story is an actual faerytale emphasis on fae. 🙂 And it also has a ‘fairytale’ twist. See how that ties together…pretty crafty huh?? I’m kidding, but one thing you will learn about what I write–very little is chosen without a lot of thought. The title of each book, to each characters names, to tiny little seemingly insignificant details are chosen with a meaning and purpose. (I think that’s the English major in me, wanting everything to be symbolic and have a double meaning–we love to over analyze. True story…we have a whole degree based on it)
A little more back story–every character/supernatural/otherworldly whatever you find in this series stems from Celtic legend. Almost all are Irish but there is a tiny bit of Scottish legend as well further along in the series. Because of this, my character’s (minus Kyla’s friends at school) will have Irish names. So for instance the character Conor is spelled with one ‘n’ as opposed to the more commonly seen version with two because it’s the Irish spelling. There are lots of references to other fae specific things as well. I did a lot of research for this series and learned a lot. If you want to know more as you read the series google it 🙂 I promise, it’s all legit! I may have slightly altered certain things to fit my storyline (and even when I did, I tried to have a very good explanation as to why it differs) but in general everything you encounter is based on some otherworldly belief people had not too long ago. In fact, if you read up on it, you will find, like most legends, many of these stories were used to explain events that occurred in everyday lives, especially things that were hard to deal with–like the loss of a loved one. I’ve just taken these now outdated beliefs and pulled them into the modern world. We no longer believe these things to be true, but what if they were and, due to our skepticism, we just missed the signs? That’s basically where my story comes in.
Oh and a quick note on the title–Gossamer, of course, paints images of light, airy fabric or, more specifically for me, gossamer wings–like those of faeries (which, by the way, I must mention faeries don’t have wings, but don’t tell my daughter. That would absolutely crush her). But it also can describe things that are thinly veiled and for Kyla that describes her life. Lies cover her true identity but they form only a thin veil, and if she looked harder or paid attention to the little signs, she would find the truth.
There you have it! If you ever have questions while reading the story, like why did you choose this name, location, description–just ask! There is probably a reason and I love talking about that kind of stuff.