Judith Fullerton is the Northern Irish author of the Selkie Pact, children's book series. The first book in the series The Selkie Pact released last year and now the second book The Selkie Mist just released. Judith has kindly written us a post on locations from the book and there real life legends. Enjoy the post and check out the giveaway below.
Since writing The Selkie Pact, I have been asked many times where I get my ideas from, and the answer is a simple one. I use what I see, hear and experience! I may have invented the characters, but my visits to the Causeway coast have provided me with enough inspiration to write.
The stories are based mainly in Ballintoy, a picturesque village with a small harbour, all surrounded by mysterious volcanic stacks and caves. Game of Thrones fans will recognize the location as Pyke Harbour.
The 'Rock' is another real place, located just off Kinbane Head. It's proper name is Carrickmannon rock, and is a huge mound, lying hidden just under the surface. It is said to be enchanted to lure ships It’s named after Manannan mac Lir, the Celtic sea God.
Using the locations and their associated legends allowed me to tell Finn's story while blending the long-forgotten myths into a modern-day setting. The books can also be used as a 'tourist guide' to find the best places the Causeway coast has to offer.
If you find yourself in the area, be sure to look out for the locations on the book covers. 'Granny's cottage' on the cover of The Selkie Pact actually exists, as does the 'upside-down' lighthouse on Rathlin, depicted on the cover of book two, The Selkie Mist.
I love to hear from readers who have set out to visit the places mentioned in the book. So you see, it's not really my good imagination, I've just mixed fact with fiction!
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