“The Dark King’s Curse” by Wyn Estelle Owens releases today as part of the Tattered Slippers Collection!
It looks so perfectly splendid, and I can’t wait to get into it. Check out the synopsis and order details at the end of the post.
First, though, let’s get into another character interview! I’m extremely excited about this one. I mean – it’s not every day that you get to sit down to tea with a talking, tailless, fae cat! Siobhra is as charming a person as could be expected, and quite beautiful.
ME: First of all, tell us how to pronounce your name! I don’t want to embarrass myself
SIOBHRA: Laisren has informed me that people from without the Fae’s Dominion are generally confused by our pronunciations, which I find strange indeed. So, I thank you for your concern, and my name is pronounced “Shee-vrah”.
ME: Are you a talking cat?? Because that’s very cool
SIOBHRA: Not precisely. I am a talking fae cat, which is quite a different thing. However, yes, it is indeed very cool.
ME: How did you come to be cursed?
SIOBHRA: As I can’t remember anything past a hundred years of being cursed, I’m afraid I can’t tell you.
ME: Tell us about how you ended up going on an adventure with Ailsa, the lady-in-waiting to mysteriously cursed princesses.
SIOBHRA: “Adventure” isn’t the word I would use for it. More like, drafted into babysitting by my meddlesome friend. Still, my friend has been worried for a long time, so I couldn’t really say no when he asked.
ME: Tell us a little about your adventure.
SIOBHRA: …Humorous insanity and frantic scrambling is how I’d describe it. Lots of sneaking, which appeals to me, as a cat. It is my specialty, after all. And, generally just chaos. The two children can be, well, such children at times. Still, their company can be rather pleasant, once you get used to them. Amusing, certainly.
ME: What’s the best thing you have to offer to an adventurer?
SIOBHRA: My skills as a guide. I am a between-creature, a Tailless Cat of the Misty Isle, which lies between the Mortal Lands and Faerie. I’m quite skilled at leading people safely between the two realms, and on paths no one else could navigate safely. My nose and eyes have never led me false, and I have never led my charges poorly in turn.
ME: Random question just for fun: Why do felines find catnip so enchanting?
SIOBHRA: Why do humans find certain smells so enchanting? It just is. Catnip appeals to us, simple as that. Surely, there are smells that appeal to and relax you beyond all other
The Dark King’s Curse
A darkness seems to hang over the lands of Conall, slowly but surely growing in strength with each passing year.
It all comes to a head when the twelve daughters of King Muir begin to disappear each night. None will admit where they go, and the only clue is their shoes; new in the evening, tattered and torn by morning.
When no one can stop the disappearances, Ailsa–lady-in-waiting to the youngest princess–volunteers to try and solve the mystery, or she and her peers will pay the consequences for failing to watch over their charges.
Armed with nothing but her gift of Fae-sight, Ailsa ventures forth on a quest to free her lady and the other princesses. With the help of an grumpy, glamoured gardener, a cursed faerie cat, and the mysterious Lord of Autumn, she may discover both the secrets and the truth behind the Dark King that lies at the root of the curse.
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Wyn Estelle Owens is the penname of a young woman who’s still figuring out what this whole ‘adult’ thing is all about. She lives in a big, old house in Maryland by a Hundred Acre Wood (dubbed Neldoreth) with her parents, three occasionally obnoxious brothers, her dog Jackie, and her personal plot bunny, Joker.
She is fond of reading, writing, drawing, speaking in dead or imaginary languages, playing videogames, quoting classic or obscure literature, being randomly dramatic, and generally making things out of yarn. Her dream is to write stories that inspire people to chase after the wonderful world of storytelling.
Her favorite all-time authors are Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Christa Kinde, and above all, J.R.R. Tolkien, who first inspired her to pursuing novel writing when she read the Hobbit at the age of seven.