and a human have a baby…
How would it look?
That was the question that sparked Book IV of the Karakesh Chronicles, currently titled Ripples of Magic.
What if the selkie and his wife had a second child? Would it look the same as the first?
My answer is in the book I just finished editing. Sorry–it’s not yet available in print.
Twelve-year-old Demara is the child of such a union. With a selkie father and human mother, Demara longs to be pure selkie and swim with her father and the seals.
Of course, realizing wishes have unexpected results–and can produce a whole story, if you’re a writer like me.
Many writers and artists are fascinated by selkies and the tales that surround them.
Here is the briefest explanation from Wikipedia:
In Scottish mythology, Selkies (also spelled silkies, sylkies, selchies) or Selkie folk (Scots: selkie fowk) meaning “Seal Folk” are mythological beings capable of therianthropy, changing from seal to human form by shedding their skin. They are found in folktales and mythology originating from Orkney and Shetland.
If a selkie’s skin is stolen, the selkie will belong to the thief until he or she can recover the skin.
And what about Demara? Will she get her wish, and return to the sea?