Warrior faery princes can be very stubborn. Especially when they possess your body.
Fourteen-year-old Finn just wants to keep his little sister out of Child Protective Services—an epic challenge with their parentally-missing-in-action dad moving them to England, near the famous Stonehenge rocks.
Warrior faery Prince Zaneyr just wants to escape his father’s reckless plan to repair the Rift—a catastrophe that ripped the faery realm from Earth 4,000 years ago and set it adrift in an alternate, timeless dimension.
When Zaneyr tricks Finn into swapping places, Finn becomes a bodiless soul stuck in the Otherworld, fighting spriggans with sharp teeth and rival faery Houses. Back on Earth, Zaneyr uses Finn’s body to fight off his father’s seekers and keep the king’s greatest weapon—himself—out of his hands. Between them, they have two souls and only one body… and both worlds to save before the dimensional window between them slams shut.
“An engaging tale of two worlds colliding, or perhaps I should say nearly colliding with disastrous consequences narrowly avoided.”~Amazon reviewer
“I liked the characters and the world building was done well…All in all, this was a fun and enjoyable story!”~Amazon reviewer
CIR: What gave you the idea for Faery Swap?
QUINN: My inspirations often come on long drives by myself, and Faery Swap is no exception. I was brainstorming in the car when I dreamed up the idea of a faery swapping with a human and having a fish-out-of-water story for BOTH of them. Faery Swap grew from there.
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
QUINN: I absolutely adored Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer) – it’s one of the first non-Harry-Potter-middle-grade books that I read and thought, “Man, I would love to write a book like this!” So, the faeries in Faery Swap owe a debt of inspiration to the faeries in Artemis Fowl. They’re not quite as funny as Eoin’s faeries, but they make up for it in inadvertent fish-out-of-water humor.
CIR: What is the main character like?
QUINN: There are two main characters – the human boy, Finn, and the warrior faery prince, Zaneyr – who are both in the wrong place at the right time. Finn is a human surrounded by angry faeries and creatures in the Otherworld, and Zaneyr has to navigate modern-day England… without his magick (most of the time). Faery Swap is a modern-day Prince and the Pauper story, where each finds that someone else’s life really isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.
CIR: What themes do you address in this book?
QUINN: One thing I sneak into the book is my love of math and science. I think a lot of kids think math and science are boring, or have no relevance to their lives. I – seriously – think math and science are near-magickal gifts that mankind has discovered. And not just because I have a Ph.D. in engineering! I think bestowing that sense of wonder in kids is important if we’re going to motivate them to seek out careers in these fields and keep pushing our advances in science and technology forward – and ultimately making the world a better place.
CIR: What makes Faery Swap unique?
QUINN: In Faery Swap, the faeries come to Earth seeking the humans with the highest mathematickal knowledge – because to faeries, knowledge is literally power. It enhances their magick, their ability to manipulate dimensional space. I love the reverse parallelism there – instead of Prometheus stealing fire from the gods to bring to mankind, the faeries are stealing it back. I have no idea if any of that will resonate with my young readers, but I believe strongly in the power of myth and storytelling to deliver great meaning.
Learn more about Susan Kaye Quinn and her writing at www.susankayequinn.com