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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday Spotlight: Helen Scott Taylor

I live near Plymouth in Devon in the English West Country. Over the years, my family has often travelled across the River Tamar into Cornwall for vacations. With its rocky coast battered by the Atlantic, its bleak moors, quaint stone cottages and verdant little valleys full of wildflowers, this mystical rural county provides a wonderful setting for a fantasy world. The history of the county is full of folk tales of witches and fairies. When I researched the different fairy races said to inhabit Cornwall, the Cornish piskies jumped out at me as the obvious choice. Piskies are known as pixies in other parts of England and are usually thought of as small mischievous beings. For the purposes of my story, the Cornish piskies are human sized.

When her mother dies, the heroine of The Magic Knot, Rosenwyn Tremain returns to Cornwall searching for her father. She believes she is human, but as she delves into her past, she discovers her mother was a Cornish pisky princess. On her mother’s death, Rose inherited the pisky throne. Poor Rose has to wise up fast to save her people from her evil druid father. I had a lot of fun with Rose as she discovers her heritage. Tomorrow I’ll talk about the hero’s bloodline.

“If this is Helen Scott Taylor's debut novel, I just can't wait to see what she writes next. Definitely a new auto-buy author for me. I highly recommend this story to all lovers of magic.”
—ParaNormal Romance

If you would like to read a two-chapter excerpt of The Magic Knot, please go to www.helenscotttaylor.com and follow the link.

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