Author Guest Post: Mary G Thompson + Giveaway

I asked Mary G Thompson, author of Evil Fairies Love Hair, about her inspiration for her book along with some of the research she had done on fairies. Here’s what she wrote about the topic! Check out my review.

EVIL FAIRIES LOVE HAIR_hresI have a particular philosophy when it comes to creating my magical characters. Even though I may use a familiar name, such as fairies or imps, I try not to follow too much known mythology. I want my characters to really be something new and interesting. So while I was writing this, I actively avoided anything about fairies or imps or even magic. That’s not to say I didn’t use some ideas that are floating out there in the culture. The idea that magical creatures are tricksters is very old. I think the reason that idea has so much longevity is that it’s not interesting to imagine a world where people just get exactly what they want. If a fairy showed up and offered you a wish, and then they gave you the wish, and you then lived happily ever after, that would be great for you, but it wouldn’t make for a great story! So I would say the idea of fairies who grant wishes and try to trick you into breaking the rules comes from the old wisdom that you can never get exactly what you wish for.

Where did the hair part come from? I really have no idea! I was just sitting on the subway one day, and the title Evil Fairies Love Hair popped into my head. The way my mind works, I immediately knew that love meant eat. Obviously the story had to be humorous, because I really can’t imagine how you could make such a thing into a serious emotional journey! Maybe somebody could, but that wasn’t where I wanted to go with it!

I loved the idea that the fairies had this craving for hair because they had screwed up a spell. Fairies are just as fallible as humans, and often even more so. Even though they have magic, they’re still bound by larger forces, and they have our flaws on an even sillier scale. Everybody has their limitations—kids, fairies, and adults. The very serious point I am making with this book is that these limitations are something to laugh at. And if you’re not greedy and you don’t try to hex someone who doesn’t deserve it, you might just end up getting you what you want. Sort of.Mary G. Thompson_Photo credit John Thompson

Mary G. Thompson was born and raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the U.S. Navy, before she moved to New York City to write full time. This is her third novel. Visit her website at marygthompson.com.
 
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Follow all the stops on Mary’s blog tour!
 
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Mon, Aug 11
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tues, Aug 12
The Book Monsters
Wed, Aug 13
The Children’s Book Review
Thurs, Aug 14
Cracking the Cover
Fri, Aug 15
Read Now, Sleep Later
Sat, Aug 16
Beauty and the Bookshelf
Mon Aug 18
Word Spelunking
Tues, Aug 19
Flashlight Reader
Wed, Aug 20
The Compulsive Reader
Thurs, Aug 21
The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Fri, Aug 22
Small Review
Mon, Aug 25
The Hiding Spot
 
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6 responses to “Author Guest Post: Mary G Thompson + Giveaway

  1. anne

    A captivating and unique book which captured my interest. Wishing you happiness and much success. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

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