Let’s all extend a warm Friday Author Feature welcome to Morgan Kegan. Morgan is the author of A Changeling’s Tale.
Being the new girl in high school is hard enough. What if you had to hide being a faerie, too?
I’m Siobhan Miller. I’m the new sophomore in my Tennessee hill-country high school—and a faerie changeling. The normal changes a girl goes through on her way to becoming a woman are awkward enough. Try adding developing golden eyes, pointed ears, and feet like a wolf’s paws to that. Yeah, pretty awkward. I blame my Irish ancestors. The faerie ones.
After centuries, the veil separating our world from Faerie is thinning again, and magic is returning. Having magical powers is pretty cool, particularly when they let me hide my differences behind illusion and have an actual life.
My best friend and heart sister, Katie, helps to keep my secret. I need her help, what with dealing with first love, a jealous rival, and the mean senior girls clique at school.
And if that’s not enough to worry about, creatures are crossing over from Faerie, and I’m not talking cute, harmless Tinker Bell here. I have to stop them, and fast, before they reveal my secret to the world.
A Changeling’s Tale is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy. It contains a moderate amount of the realistic language teens hear in high school, even though we might wish they didn’t.
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How long have you been writing?
Two and a half years now. I’ve had these strange stories I’d tell myself running around in my head since I was a child, but I’d never succeeded in getting any of them down on paper until then.
What inspired you to write this book?
I’d just read another faeries-in-the-modern-world novel, and while I quite enjoyed it, it still left me unsatisfied. I was taking a long walk at night, as I like to do, and thinking about why that story had left me wanting more. That led me to ask myself, “How would I go about fitting faeries and their magic into today’s modern world in a believable way, one that doesn’t require rewriting history–much.” In that moment, I heard my teen faerie protagonist’s voice in my head, telling me her story. I literally ran home, sat down in front of my computer, and typed for two hours straight. That became the first draft of first two chapters of my book.
Which character is your favorite and why?
Siobhan, my teen faerie changeling girl, is my favorite, of course. But equally my favorite is her best friend and heart sister, Katie. At the start of my first draft, Katie was little more than a side-kick. But as I wrote her, her character deepened and she grew into the co-protagonist of the story. She’s been a lot of fun to write.
What advice do you have for young authors?
Keep writing and pay no attention to the self-doubts and the naysayers.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I read extensively in the YA fantasy genre and others. There’s always a new story running around in my head. I still take those long walks, and dream.
Thanks to Morgan Kegan for stopping by the Friday Author Feature!