In my book The Magical Miss Morgan, the teacher, Miss Francis Morgan, has to deal not only with a crisis in her personal teaching world, but a crisis brewing in the magical fairy kingdom of Tellosia. The fairies have come seeking Francis’ aid because she, as a teacher, has direct access to children and can affect what they believe in. You see, the fairies suffer from a general lack of belief in fairies, something that has been plaguing them more and more as the modern world makes it more and more difficult for children to actually believe. Soon they will wink out of existence for lack of believers. Francis’ younger brother, Milt, is a wizard. He knows some fairies personally, and he has told them that Francis can help them. So, because Milt revealed her to them, the Erlking, leader of the fairies of Tellosia, has sent three chosen representatives to plead for her help.
The leader of the trio is Donner. He is the dragonfly-winged pixie who is a leader of the wasp-riders. At three full inches in height, he is one of the biggest and most leader-ish of the fairies, the reason he was chosen to head the mission. He speaks very much in the old style and has a hard time getting his ideas across to a creative teacher-type from the 1990’s.
Silkie, the Storybook, is a beautiful fairy who, because she is a Storybook fairy, is immortal. She has been immortal since Hans Christian Andersen used her adventures that she had related to him to create the story of Little Tiny or Thumbelina in 1835. Any time a fairy is immortalized by a human author, that fairy becomes a Storybook and is destined to live forever. She is very old and very wise, but also very human-looking and very-very small.
Garriss, the third fairy, is a wisp. Wisps are elemental beings made of fire, water, stone, or air. They are rumored to be incredibly stupid, because their little brains are composed entirely of one element. Garriss is a fire wisp. He has a temper because his brain is made of fire. Torchy, also pictured, is also rather stupid and foolish. But fire wisps prove to have a very warm heart.
So, if you can stand fairy tales at all, I hope you will clap your hands and believe in the fairies in my book. I intend to submit it to the Chanticleer Book Reviews’ YA Novel Contest in April of 2015. The hand clapping should definitely help… unless James M. Barrie lied to us in his book Peter Pan.