Hi Cassie, I wanted to say thank you for these wonderful books you have written and that I can’t wait to read TDA & TLH. I have a question about Mark Blackthorn, who I already love, you have said that do to him being around the fairies he doesn’t see relationships the way his siblings do, like he doesn’t see being in love and monogamy going together, does that mean that he has a open relationship or a polyamorous relationship? — wereallmisfts
Mark spent a lot of time in Faerie, and indeed in Faerie there are different views about love, relationships and monogamy than there are in the human world.
I think Mark would definitely be open to a polyamorous relationship. That doesn’t mean, though, that Mark is a cheater, or in any way unfaithful or promiscuous. Faeries aren’t in general, and Mark isn’t specifically.
Faeries place a huge premium on truthfulness — they can’t lie, but they can deceive and mislead and it’s a big deal if you do. If you swear faithfulness, you have to stick by it. If you agree that you can be physical with other people but you’ll never give your heart away, then you have to stick by that. Or the other way around. Faeries absolutely don’t subscribe to the belief that you can only love one person ever — probably because they live so very long. :)
I can see Mark being poly because such arrangements and marriages are not uncommon in faerie, but they’re based on transparency and everyone being truthful with each other. So basically; Mark might well have a poly relationship or an open relationship, but he wouldn’t cheat on anyone and he wouldn’t lie. (And for those who know about poly, of course, honesty is a bedrock of poly relationships anyway!)
Cassie I just want to let you know how much I love Mark Blackthorn. I fell in love with him from the first moment you introduced him. I cannot wait to learn more about him in TDA. I’m so excited for those books. I absolutely adore him. — iluvmagnusdamora
Thanks! Mark has been some of the most fun I’ve had writing.