Owl Madness Day 7: Rachel Sulliva

Like most authors, I have a story behind my story—the inspiration behind Freyja’s Daughter. At first glance of the premise of Freyja’s Daughter, it’s clear this new female-fierce urban fantasy series was fueled by feminist ideals. But I promise, the inspiration for Faline Frey and the other Wild Women includes more than ideals for a better tomorrow.

It includes the distant past as well.

A huge fan of urban fantasy, I felt a void in the stories I enjoyed. Where were the women whose strength came not from their masculine attributes, but from their feminine attributes? Where were the female characters who didn’t have to pretend to be one of the guys to get respect? And to that matter, where were all the damn women?

I saw a need for stories that included folkloric creatures whose female gender didn’t automatically place them at the bottom of the male-dominated hierarchy in both strength and power. Upon digging further, I realized the root of the problem. The myths we borrow from in creating our own stories generally place men at the top.
And this is what I sought to change. I combed through the library, the internet, and multiple podcasts on folklore to unearth golden nuggets of pre-patriarchal mythology. Myths of layered female creatures who did not use their powers to only wield evil or seduce and be ruled by men. And from those myths, I built a new world, the world of Wild Women.

To learn more about these Wild Women—the huldra, succubae, harpies, mermaids, and rusalki—add Freyja’s Daughter to your Goodreads list, sign up for my newsletter to get the latest news and sneak peaks (sign up is on my website), and make sure to reserve your copy by pre-ordering.  

Rachel Sullivan is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. Growing up with three sisters sparked her passion for both women's history and women's advocacy, which led to her career as a birth doula and childbirth educator. These days she channels those passions into writing fiction. When she's not writing, Rachel enjoys hiking, attempting to grow her own food, and reading.

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