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Hi, everyone. I would like to give many thanks to Kevin of KC Books & Music for his kind invitation to visit his blog. It is much appreciated and a great honor.
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Colleen Chesebro. I am a writer, a poet, and a fairy whisperer…
Yes, I bet a few of you are scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about – a fairy whisperer? Let me tell you the story of the greatest experience I have ever had.
While on a walk during a warm, foggy morning in November 2014, I had a close encounter of the fairy kind. At the time, we were living in Pensacola, Florida. I still remember the day, as if it has been carved into my memory; something I will never forget.
The road I took on my morning walk near Pensacola, Florida
As I walked along the road, I heard a sound that instantly caught my attention. At first, I considered the possibility that the sound might be an injured bird rustling in the thick underbrush. I peered into the foliage and drew back in surprise. At first glance, I thought I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird with brilliant green feathers. However, that was not the case.
Instead, appearing in front of my eyes was a tiny green swamp fairy fluttering on delicate wings that looked like transparent leaves. She had hair the color and consistency of corn silk. Bottle green leaves adorned her small body. The heady fragrance of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood wafted on the air.
I stood there at the edge of the road transfixed by the vision. I realized then, I had witnessed a miracle. I had been given the gift of fairy vision.
The petite winged-being stared at me with eyes as green as the leaves she was hiding in. I must tell you, this meeting felt something akin to a spiritual encounter. An overwhelming feeling of peace and love surrounded me and held me within its grasp. In an instant, she was gone. The swamp fairy vanished into the fog that swirled around me.
I shook my head and continued my walk. My feet felt lighter that day. I knew something had changed. The swamp fairy had ignited my imagination. I knew what this fairy encounter meant. I had been granted the ability to become a fairy whisperer.
Soon after, I started to write stories about the swamp fairies which I posted to my blog. The stories came in quick succession. Next, the dreams started. I began to channel the stories of the fairy nymphs that had inspired me that day long ago.
Each day on my walk, I observed the real swamp as it was crowded out by the building of new homes. The natural wetlands were disappearing at a rapid rate. Slowly, a story began to form in my mind. That is how the swamp fairy was born.
Today, I asked Eleionomae, the swamp fairy nymph, to join us in an interview so you could learn more about the mythical lore surrounding this YA fantasy story.
Colleen: Welcome Eleionomae. Please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us something of your fairy realm.
Swamp Fairy: My name is Eleionomae, and I am the first swamp fairy. We nymphs, or fairies, go by many names. We are the spirits who live in the mountains, the woods, in many different bodies of water, and in the seas. We are the forces of nature. You may know us as the elements or the elementals.
Colleen: Peace be with you, Eleionomae. Welcome. Can you share more about the nymphs?
Swamp Fairy: The gods placed us on earth to ensure a connection between the humans and the immortal plane of existence. For example, we swamp fairies, the nymphs of the primordial earth, belong to the Naiad clan who are sworn to protect the Pink Sundew plants.
We exist in the magical realm, found in the marshes that border the land of Abby Forester’s ancestors. There is an evil that strives to destroy the natural balance between what is fantasy and what is your human reality.
We swamp fairies have a sacred mission to protect this land at all costs. We have shielded this area from human control since the beginning of time by entrusting Abby’s human bloodline with individual gifts. In this way, her ancestors ensured our survival.
Colleen: So, the nymphs are fairies? How many different kinds are there?
Swamp Fairy: There are many kinds of nymphs and fairy clans in the world of our existence. The Oread clan lives in the mountains. The Naiad clan lives around bodies of water like springs and lakes, or swamps. The nymphs of the trees and forests are of the Dryad clan who only inhabit oak trees. The Hamadryad live in many kinds of trees and die when the tree they inhabit dies. The Alseid clan inhabit the forests. The Meliae clans live deep within the ash trees that grow in ancient forests and meadows. The sea-nymphs are from the Oceanid clan. There is a total of seven nymph clans or families, all represented by the colors of the rainbow.
Abby Forester, as imagined by the author
Colleen: Eleionomae, why was Abby Forester picked to become the fairy whisperer?
Swamp Fairy: Abby Forester was selected by the fairy realm long ago when the earth was in its infancy. It was her destiny to come here to save us. The humans have threatened our survival and hurried the ravages of climate change. We had to preserve our fairy kingdom and the Pink Sundew plants so that the natural balance between our two worlds would remain intact.
Long ago, the ancient nymphs selected humans who had the ability to dream and see into the future. Once the people proved their talents, the unique magical gifts enhanced their skills even further.
Abby Forester is descended from the first Native American woman. She is a part of an ancient bloodline, which dates to the beginning of time. Her gift was the power to understand the language of all the animals, birds, and insects. She was given the ability to comprehend all the dialects, including those of all the nymphs.
Every generation brings forth empathic people who can move humanity forward to a better end. The gods foretold her birth with the hopes that she would be able to fix the mistakes humans are responsible for. The natural world must be protected to ensure the survival of the creatures of the world.
Abby’s mother could only understand those of us from the Naiad clan. Most of the gifted people can only interpret one tribe or clan.
But Abby’s destiny was to be unique. When the gods realized that climate change was advancing at a rapid pace, Abby was brought into the world. She is Clairaudient and has the ability to understand all the nymph clans. Her true destiny is to aid and protect us all.
As a Fairy Whisperer, she is the first of her kind. That is why she can hear the voices of all the creatures and those of the nymph clans. They speak with the same fluencies of sound vibration, which is different from how humans speak. This gift allows her to see and hear the tears in the fabric of time. That is how she can cross between the horizontal realms of our existence.
Colleen: You speak of the Pink Sundew plants often. What is the significance of these plants, Eleionomae?
Swamp Fairy: The plants are called Pink Sundew, and they have medicinal value. Their leaves contain an enzyme digesting protein that mimics antibiotics. We first came to Abby’s ancestors – the first Native Americans, who we taught how to use the plants that grew around them for food and medicine.
Long ago we warned the ancient people of impending danger. There were men, with skin as white as the moon, who had journeyed to the swamp. They brought a sickness with them. We taught the people to cook the leaves of the Pink Sundew plants and make a tea. When they drank this tea, it would keep their people safe from the white man’s sickness.
Colleen: Is that why Abby’s swamp is so important because the Pink Sundew plants grow there?
Swamp Fairy: Yes, her swamp is one of the sacred places where the plants grow. All of your human antibiotics contain a small magical part of the Pink Sundew plant. As nymphs, we swamp fairies were sent into your world long ago by the gods to grow the plants that would protect humans from the diseases that would ravage their lands. It is our sole obligation to safeguard the plants from extinction with the help of Abby Forester.
Besides, humanity cannot replicate the medicinal properties of the plants. These plants were a gift from the ancient gods so that humans could flourish. It is our duty to protect this magic at all costs.
You see, we are all linked by the travels of the sun and the moon, and we are all interconnected to our collective reasoning and Mother Gaia. If the sundew plants ceased to exist, the gods would end our agreement. We would die for failing in our responsibilities; just as the humans would die from the lack of medicines to heal their diseases.
Colleen: Abby wears a calcite fairy stone pendant. Can you explain the significance of the stone?
Swamp Fairy: The Forester family has protected our secret since the beginning of time. The necklace Abby wears, she inherited from her mother. It is a piece from one of those sacred heart stones. These sacred fairy stones lay in specific locations around the Earth guarding the gifts the gods gave to humanity. Each heart stone is powerful and surrounded by a fairy rath, a circular wall of magical protection. That is why the Pink Sundew grows there protected from harm on Abby’s land.
Colleen: Eleionomae, what do you want all humans to learn about the status of our earth by reading The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy?
Swamp Fairy: Time is running out for the people of the earth. Humans must confront climate change — a threat facing our entire planet. People everywhere must take part in practical, affordable solutions. Protecting nature and our natural resources means a better planet for future generations.
Colleen: Thank you, Eleionomae for sharing more about The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. ❤
Learn more about Abby’s story and her life as the fairy whisperer…
Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.
Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.
But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.
As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, Blake, and Cash, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.
Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?
Here’s where you can find your copy:
Would you love to own your own calcite fairy stone pendant like Abby Forester wears in the book?
Here’s how to get yours:
The small calcite heart stone pendant is shown above. Here is the link to Irene’s Etsy site where you can buy your own pendant: https://www.etsy.com/listing/480852170/black-silk-necklace-with-silver-wrapped
The large calcite heart stone pendant is pictured at the right just above. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/480852682/black-silk-necklace-with-silver-wrapped
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