Thursday, June 27, 2013

Guest Post - Inspiration to Write The Forgotten Ones By Laura Howard

Guest Post - Inspiration to Write The Forgotten Ones By Laura Howard

Title: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)
Author: Laura Howard
Release date: May 15, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal

Book Description:

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

Inspiration to Write The Forgotten Ones

By Laura Howard

When I started The Forgotten Ones, it was a contemporary novel. My protagonist, Allison O’Malley, was that girl whom everyone was interested in. Boys always flirted with her, girls were jealous of her. But she wanted only to be left alone. I put myself down in her shoes and imagined why people would still want to be near her even if she constantly pushed them away.

The idea that there was something magical in her blood gave way for the idea that maybe she was partially fae. Fairies are super-attractive to humans, right? That was the beginning.

I’ve read a lot of stories about fairies, stories I’ve loved like Tithe by Holly Black and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I didn’t want my story to be just another fairy story. My family and my husband’s family are of Irish heritage. We both are fascinated with Irish folk tales and myths. What better way to portray my fairies than to dig into Irish folklore?

During my research into Irish fairies, I ran across the myth of the Tuatha De Danaan. This was the origin of what are known today as fairies. They were a magical race that were said to inhabit Ireland before the Romans brought Christianity to the island.

It worked perfectly and the more I learned about the Danaans, the more my backstory molded itself into what it is today in The Forgotten Ones. They were beautiful and they lived most of their lives in a land separate from ours called Tir na n’Og.  This other land is the complete opposite of ours and just being there can make you forget everything that is important to you in this world.

About the Author:

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her  obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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