Since we are in the month of all things Irish, I have a question for you.
Do you believe leprechauns and fairies really exist?
I was brought up in a home where their existence was an accepted truth. From my earliest years, holidays spent in Ireland included long walks in nature, and invariably a leprechaun sighting, or a gift left by a leprechaun for us. Usually it was a feather, a special stick or stone, but sometimes it was the sighting of a rare bird or a double rainbow.
I’ve collected leprechaun stories from a wide variety of people. Some end with a blessing, others with a curse. Local friends took us to hidden fairy forts, stone circles, and ancient forests with shifting dimensional energies where the Sidhe (fairy folk) come and go to the Otherworld.
Who are these magical beings?
Long ago the island known as Ireland was ruled by a race of magical beings said to have arrived in a flying ship from cities to the north. They were the Tuatha de Danann, the tribe of the goddess Danu. They commanded supernatural powers, respected nature, and ruled in peace and harmony for a long time. Christian monks later wrote of them as kings and queens, but they were considered gods and goddesses by their people. When they were finally overpowered by invaders, they shape-shifted into the fairy folk, or Sidhe, and went to live underground. In fact, they accessed inter-dimensional portals into the Otherworld. They still live there today, and enjoy surprising humans from time to time.
Do you have a leprechaun story to share?
I wrote To Kiss A Leprechaun as a tribute to these shining ones, and the magic and myth that makes Ireland such a special place.
To Kiss A Leprechaun
Lorcan, Prince of the Leprechauns, has been cursed by an ugly spell for centuries. Every year around St. Patrick’s Day he chooses a village girl to kiss. It brings prosperity and well being to the seaside village of Glen Kisswich. This year Aine Byrne is the lucky lady – not! She doesn’t want to kiss a guy who’s uglier than a toad, prince or not. Besides, she’s got a crush on another guy. What’s a girl to do?
Only the kiss of Lorcan’s soul mate can lift the curse. What are the chances he’ll find his true love with a bloodline that blends human, fairy and mermaid? To make matters worse, somebody is determined to stop The Kiss from happening.