Okay. I'll just say it. I think seals are in the top ten of the coolest animals. I have always been drawn to them.
|Just look at those eyes....|
I could watch them swim for hours and hours.
When I was researching folklore, I came across legends about selkies. Naturally, I was entranced. Seals that could shed their sealskin and turn into people...how as is awesome is that? Add the fact that my grandmother's maiden name is Connelly ( a name long associated with the seal folk in the old tales) and I knew that I had to write about them some day.
But I was not the only one in my family who fell under the spell of the seals.
When my daughter Cali was in first grade, her class went on a field trip to Sea World. (One of Cali's middle names is Connelly, fyi.) Guess who got separated from her group and almost left at Sea World? And guess where the incident occurred?
Yes. She got left behind at the Seal Pool.
"But mommy, they were so pretty, I couldn't stop looking at them."
The seals almost claimed little Cali Connelly Thomas that day...and honestly, I kind of think they were trying.
Mysterious and magical. That's what seals are.
And the selkies that Trinket meets---oooh, you'll have to wait to see if she can tame them to get what she wants...what she needs.
I can't wait for you to read it!
|Look, Trinket is excited, too. She's giving you her "excited stare."|
(And if you want to request an ARC before then, you can check out my website. There's an email addy for the folks at Macmillan. They might be able to hook you up.)