Hi, Pia! How did you ever come across the Fae world in general and begin writing about it? DR 101
Um, let’s see… fairies and fairytales in general, I had them read to me when I was a child, from some second hand (and probably third hand) books of Grimm’s fairytales and Hans Christian Anderson and stuff.
My Oma (Dutch) told me the most gruesome stories about stuff she either made up, or I later found out were totally read but super gothic non-christianised semi-Slavic tales. She ruled. And my Opa (Dutch-Russian) added to that with a bunch of other even more grim (hey he saw a war and a lot of other shit) fairytales and legends and myths and stuff. My Grandma (English-???) added to this, and given she was basically a Christian-mystic-esoteric-pagan-Knights-Templar-collector-of-world-knowledge, she sort of…added to this mix of…idk, it’s hard to explain how early I realised these narratives were transformative and incredible, but it was early.
(I should also probably add that I’m pagan, and that animism folklore stories are basically the stories by which most pagans find wisdom in the every day. This is, in some ways, many ways, literally my spirituality. I have a figure of Gwyn on my altar. That’s probably weird for a lot of you and I don’t talk about this side of things much but like…the magic of the raven, for example, is not just a detached story to me. Though I think of ‘Gwyn on my altar’ and ‘Gwyn in Fae Tales’ as two very different figures, but…maybe facets of the same figure ;) ).
And then I realised that like, every culture just about has its own system of myths, legends, living stories and more and became kind of obsessed with collecting (second hand) books (which lbr are often the best books like trust me a book from 1890 on fairies is going to be a lot better than one now) and then over time I became kind of obsessed with imagining things about fairies or imagining I was a mythological creature or whatever and then just over time that became like a few stories and then one day I decided ‘hey this is fanfiction I can do whatever the fuck I want’ and decided to add some of my own characters (based on pre-existing mythological figures) into fanfiction.
And that’s basically how we got here.
I feel like I got into ‘the fae world’ the way all people do - like, fairytales. Most people encounter fairytales and folklore as kids. A lot of the time archetypes of it is embedded in our media culture, country to country.
It’s just that I got kind of obsessed with it and the obsession never stopped and really like that’s it I’m also obsessed with cats and the fact is I actually wrote a really terrible book about cat shifters that I’ll never let see the light of day and moral of the story is be careful what obsessions you write about kids.