Spilling the Secrets of the Selkies
“Sea folk, ocean people. Selkies look like seals, but they can shed their skins if they want and walk around on the beach. They dwell in depths of the sea, in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean.” – Song of the Sea
Selkies are at the center of my new trilogy, “Saltwater Secrets.” I recently released Book 1: Song of the Sea, and found out pretty quickly that lots of people have never heard of selkies before. I’ve been fascinated with them for a long time. Selkies are a bit like mermaids…but if you’re smart, you won’t ever tell one of them that.
The Legend of the Selkies
A selkie is a legendary creature that comes straight from Irish folklore, and they never got quite as famous as mermaids. Maybe it’s because when they’re in the water, selkies aren’t as pretty as mermaids. In the ocean, selkies are difficult to spot because they look like seals. On land, selkies look like people the same way mermaids do.
It’s even harder to spot a selkie than it is a mermaid, and this comes into play in “Song of the Sea” pretty quickly. Brenna Douglas, the main character, is a high school student living in Maine with her parents. Her dad is a fisherman, and Brenna loves the ocean. After she uncovers a family secret, she loves the ocean a whole lot less.
By then, it’s too late. Brenna goes out onto the ocean because she feels that she has no other choice. This is where she discovers the world of the selkies. It’s where Brenna discovers that the selkies and the merfolk are at war with each other.
I studied a lot of selkie lore before writing “Song of the Sea,” because I wanted to represent the original legends. But the underwater world that Brenna discovers is brand-new. In the world that Brenna discovers, merfolk and selkies have coexisted for hundreds of years – but not peacefully. The differences between the two underwater species are very clear, and Brenna learns a little about the history of each group.
The selkies and merfolk in the “Saltwater Secrets” trilogy are updated versions of the old legends that sailors used to tell each other while they sailed the high seas. If they’re real and if they’re still around, I think the underwater creatures would be exactly as they are in my newest book.
Selkies are faster in the water than mermaids and mermen, and they have a different style of swimming. They move well in water, but most selkies are much less experienced on land than mermaids. This will make a lot of difference to Brenna while she searches the ocean to find her mother. Many more secrets about the selkies are revealed in my newest book. Go to Amazon to take a peek, and read the first two chapters free.
About the Book
Song of the Sea
I always knew who my mother was. I always knew where I belonged. And I always knew I wanted to be on the water, like my dad.
…Until I was forced to go out into the water, anyway. Out there, you feel really lonely. But you’re never alone. There is more life and emotion under the waves than most humans will ever see, more than I could have ever imagined. Down there, it’s an entire world of rage and hate, love and hope. It’s a world of fear.
It’s a world of war.
Once, my mother told me she would sing me a song of the sea. But under the waves, the only music I ever heard was the sound of screams.
About the Author
Jade Varden writes young adult novels for teen readers. When she’s not crafting mysteries in her books, Jade also blogs practical writing tips for authors who self-publish. Jade currently makes her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she enjoys reading and reviewing indie books by other self-published authors. Follow her on Twitter @JadeVarden. Visit Jade’s blog at http://jadevarden.blogspot.com/ for reviews, writing tips, self-publishing advice and everything else you ever wanted to know about reading and writing books.