Morna: A Novel of Ideas

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Click the name: MORNA: A Celtic Tale of the Selkies

 

One of my fans wrote a review for MORNA saying she liked the book, but not the characters. This gave me food for thought because I like the characters in this book, though they are not the warm and fuzzy kind. They are what I call Elemental. At the mercy of their environment, swept up in the forces of nature so powerful, they may be driven mad, these characters transcend the human and become mythical.

Sometimes a story, though character driven, is not about them being lovable, but about testing their personalities to the limit.

Like many of my stories, MORNA was inspired by a combination of faery tales and folk ballads. There is an English folk song called House Carpenter that tells the story of a woman lured by the promise of material wealth to leave her good but poor husband and join a seductive ship captain that turns out to be the devil. Lady Rowan’s character is based on this ballad while the Selkie seems neither good not evil, but a creature of the elemental sea.

This is my favorite version by Pentangle:

Compelled by this mysterious and  foreboding ballad, I thought it would be fun to take a wealthy, powerful, rather spoiled woman, have her lose everything, and see what she would do. In my mind’s eye, I saw a medieval lady with long auburn hair standing at a tower window looking out to sea. This was Lady Rowan come to visit me and have me tell the story of why she was in the tower looking out, waiting for the ship with the broad red sail. I knew by the energy of the sea and the land that this was Scotland. I knew the ship’s captain was an otherworldly being. But how did a great lady, an aristocrat, end up in a ruined tower at the far edge of the world? Kidnapping was one way she might be there, prisoner of of some thwarted and  jealous  lover. War was another way. I felt this plot was more in keeping with what I wanted Lady Rowan to go through. She must be made to lose, not only her material wealth, her pride, and vanity, but also her dearly loved husband to the ravages of war.

Like the untamed power of the sea that carries the Selkie to her on a dream, or a hallucination, or a fantasy, war is the arena in which Hugh encounters his demons. Rowan is engaged in a struggle against the forces of nature, Hugh against his fellow man.

The children are pawns, as are the two old servants. The young guards, though removed from the fields of battle, nevertheless suffer the onslaught of powers stronger than themselves. Then there come the wizards, the Macloeds, wielding their dark and ruthless magic…

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How much can one woman take before she loses her mind? Or, had she already lost it when she looked out to sea and  saw the Selkie’s ship? So isolated is she, that she has no way of knowing if she is mad or not, because there’s no one to compare herself to.

Was her pride humbled, or not? And Morna…daughter of the sea and two fathers, how does she tilt the scales into the waiting hands of Fate? And what is Fate? How do you know when Reality butts up against the Unseen, and the walls of normalcy give way, what, or whom, could possibly have orchestrated such a descent into darkness? Or why…

 

 

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What is Sule Skerry, but a sea within a sea and no place on earth…

The year is 1296.
Lady Rowan and her two small daughters set sail under cover of darkness to find sanctuary from the War of Scottish Independence. Their destination grows more elusive, and they end up on an island at the very edge of the known world. Barley surviving in a salt-encrusted ruin of a castle over looking the sea, Lady Rowan sees a mysterious ship with a red sail coming close to the shore. On board is handsome young man who seduces her into his realm, a Selkie who changes her life forever…

 

This book took a long tome to write because of the level of research I needed to do. The Scottish Wars of Independence, Scottish folklore and sea lore, and seafaring. Medieval ships! What a surprise! Thanks to the model-builders, we have some very wonderful material to draw upon.

 

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There was also a problem of style. Morna was originally planned to be a short story inspired by the writings of Scottish poet, Fiona Macleod. As it began to grow in length, it also grew in complexity and needed lots of “shelf time” to resolve the many elements of the story. It is Romantic in the old sense, Mystical and Dreamy as the Gaelic languages convey. It is also very dark.

A tale of survival, reality clashing with supernatural forces and vast, eternal influences symbolized by the sea, Morna leaves the reader to ponder whether Lady Rowan’s visions are induced by clairvoyance or madness. Haunting beauty is the theme, love, loss and creative survival.

Allow the sea driven language to carry you away into the land of the Selkies and you wil find many treasures in this book. You have to just go with it and leave logic to the scientists. The power of myth is at your command.

 

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