I am again hosting Pippa Jay on her Hallow’s Eve Tour. She happens to be discussing a subject near and dear to my heart. Fae, especially the artwork of Brian Froud. I love how he leans a bit to the darker side and keeps them ethereal yet realistic. He also seems to lean heavily on folk lore instead of wishful thinking of children. I for one know faeries bite. What do you expect? They’re faeries! I must confess that my home too is covered in Froudian Fae. I tend to favor the Red Caps.
I’ve always had a thing about fairies. From a very early love of elves, to adoration of the Gelflings in The Dark Crystal (which led me to Brain Froud’s adorable fairies), to the goblins of Labyrinth, and imps and sprites in Master of the Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy. British folklore itself is full of various fairies and spirits of all types. I even joined the Brownies (I was a Gnome, but really wanted to be a pixie), and various ceramic, resin and wooden sprites adorn my house, as do books about fairies and goblins.
So when I started my Halloween themed paranormal and settled on a warlock as a hero, I gravitated naturally to a magical companion. Rather than go for a familiar (though Buster the dog might qualify) and inspired by Thimbletack from the Spiderwick Chronicles, I gave my hero a brownie. Not the cake-like chocolate confection, but a sub-genre of fairy (and though technically he objects to be called a fairy, he is one).
“All two feet of Hodge materialized on the nearby hall table. Skinny, his skin brown and speckled like a toad’s, but without the slime, the brownie had been the housekeeper for as long as Hal could remember.”
A brownie is a household spirit of the fairy/goblin sub group, found in Scotland and England—hence Hal refers to Hodge as the housekeeper. Traditionally, they prefer to be unseen and come out only at night, and the house elves of Harry Potter were based on the folklore of brownies. My description for Hodge came from imagining him as a rather toad like creature (more like a goblin) with a touch of Brian Froud’s fairies about him. He has magic of his own, but his service is tied to the house and family he’s served for several generations. Despite these magical bonds, he doesn’t hesitate in defying Hal when he believes his master to be wrong.
Do you have a favourite kind of fairy?
Blurb: Twelve months ago, Hal’s world crashed and burned, taking the love of his life with it. He’s waited all year for that one special night when the souls of the departed come home, hoping his candle will summon back one in particular to heal his broken heart. But the forbidden knowledge he’s learned could call something far worse, and put more than his own soul at risk…
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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, a YA paranormal romance—Restless In Peaceville—published by Lycaon Press, four self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, Reboot and Hallow’s Eve), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.
You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Wattpad
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