Sunday 6 October 2013

Blog Tour: Blood Bound by Keshia Swaim - Guest Post

Who Are “The Fae” 

I’ve actually had several people ask me why I chose to write about faeries. So, to clarify, I didn’t. Not really. The idea for a short story, “Family Ties,” about a teen girl discovering that she’s half-fae came to me almost fully formed. All I really had to do was write it down (sometimes authors get lucky like that). Then, after I finished the story, I realized my characters still had a lot more to say, and so the idea for Blood Bound was born. 
 So, while I can’t really answer the question of why I wrote about the fae, I can tell you why I love them. But first, I’ll need to explain who they are. I’ve discovered that the idea of “faeries” makes people think of everything from tiny, winged women in short skirts to older-than-time, heartless, nature-benders. 
While some of my characters lean more towards the second, to me, the fae are idealized versions of us. They are perfect in appearance, have close ties to nature, magical powers, and live long enough to gather more wisdom than we could imagine. They should have a beautiful, perfect society. Yet they have managed to mess up their own realm so badly that now they’re taking over ours. 
For Blood Bound, it was important to me to show a contrast between the fae and the “halfies” (those with human blood). Most of the fae look at halfies as weaker, second-class people, but really, the things that make them human; love, compassion, and friendship, also makes them stronger.  
And that is my really long way of saying I like the fae because they make me realize the value of being human. 
Don't forget to download "Family Ties" the story that inspired my book. And, if you have time, visit me on Facebook, Twitter, or my blog, The Book Addict. 

Thanks for having me!
Thanks so much to Keshia for the guest post. Blood Bound sounds incredible, even more so since reading what the fae are like :)
Now, I really recommend that everyone add Blood Bound to their TBR list, I know that I have!
You can add Blood Bound on Goodreads by clicking here!
Here is what Blood Bound is all about:

Blood Bound by Keshia Swaim

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Releases: September 10th, 2013

Starting college a year early is hard. Starting fae college and learning to protect the world from the Unseelie is harder.

Brielle Reed has always been an over-achiever, but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Between her crash course in fae politics, struggles to control her new mind-reading ability, training sessions with the demanding Dr. Schwartz, and discoveries about the father who is still a mystery to her, Brielle finds herself longing for a chance at a normal life.

But she may not get that chance. Or chance at a life at all, for that matter.

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