Did faeries spirit away the young moonshiner? Sean Joye can’t help but wonder, yet he hopes for a more reasonable explanation. Fleeing to America in 1923 as soon as he’d mustered out of the army, Sean aims to put Ireland’s civil war, his assassin past, and faerie attention behind him. But his one-time lover, Caleb, is missing. As Sean treks through a November ice storm in search of his friend, the forest itself bristles with fae ill intent, and a strange old mountain woman would just as soon shoot Sean as feed him squirrel stew. Calamity reigns unless he cracks the secret of Otter Springs and its water of life.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I enjoyed folklore and supernatural lore from Ireland, but it made me wonder what comparable stories and spirits found in North America would be like. That was my starting point. As I got into the tale, a minor character sort of took over and made the story her own.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main character came out of the very first story I wrote when I started to study creative writing about fifteen years ago. His ghost was haunting the main character of that tale. He’s a very persistent chap, and I’ve spent a lot of words discovering his backstory. The other main character in Water Of Life was supposed to be a minor one, but she had other ideas.
The old lady seemed to waiver. Would the satisfaction of shooting me be worth the work of hiding my body? She pointed at the porch steps with the gun muzzle.
“Well, be in, be in.”
I mounted the stairs, hands still high and squirrel at the ready. Foothold animal traps draped the rails on either side of the stairs. Pelts, many stretched and pinned over narrow boards, dried on the deep porch. Blood’s coppery tang hung on the air.
She followed me into the cabin and put the gun in a rack by the door, then extended her hand. “I’m Lutra Callow.”
I shook it. “Sean Joye, Miss Lutra. Pleased to meet you. I guess you was expecting someone else.”
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