It’s time to meet the 11th featured author of the SSS! Introducing…Sarah Glenn Marsh!
Character Interview: Bridey Corkill from FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP
*Can you describe yourself in five words or less for me, please?
Blond. Opinionated. Wild. Morag’s apprentice.
*Is it hard being one of four sisters? To whom are you the closest?
Well, these days it feels more like I’m one of three sisters. Mally, my older sister, is always out with some lad or another. Adam. Artur. Aedan—at least I know his name starts with an A! We used to be close, but lately she’s hardly home, and when she is, she’s in her room.
Then there’s Liss and Grayse. Liss is just a year younger than me, but she’s so dull, you’d think she’s our mam’s age! Always doing chores and following the rules—and reminding me to follow them, too. Safe, predictable Liss.
Sweet little Grayse is only seven, but I suppose we’re the closest. Even though I’m sixteen, I’m still invited to all her dolls’ tea parties. And I somehow get dragged into her schemes to help the animals around the Isle—last year, she went around collecting donations for the porpoises in the harbor. She didn’t seem to care that she only got an old boot and some table scraps. Who knows what she’ll think up next!
*What do you think happened to your Grandad?
It’s…hard to say. I remember walking out by the cliffs behind town with him. I was picking wildflowers, and I thought I heard…well, never mind. You’ll think I’m just as mad as old Morag if I tell you.
But one moment, I was reaching for a flower, and the next thing I knew, Grandad had vanished. Finally I spotted him, far below in the churning waves, and—you know the rest. I’m sorry. It’s still difficult to think about.
*If you had to move, where would you go? Near the mountains? In the forest? A city?
This is an easy one! I’d move to London, and find myself a quiet street without any water views. I’d really like to live near a library—or in one, for that matter—so I could read more books and try to forget about the horrible ocean.
Of course, I wouldn’t say no to living high on a mountain either! So long as there are books.
*What’s your favorite food?
Bonnags! They’re dense, sticky berry cakes, and so far as I know, they’re only made on our island.
*What do you think is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had in your life?
Learning to swim! Or at least, trying. I got my feet wet, and that’s huge. Even though it was horrible, and I ran out after less than a minute, I never thought I’d walk in there again at all.
*You’re terrified of the ocean, something you strive to overcome in your story. Do you have any advice for other teens who are struggling to overcome a fear?
I’m still working on making peace with the ocean, so I may not be the best person to ask…but I’ll try. First, I’d say: you can’t avoid what you’re afraid of forever. Sometimes, it’s best to try to face your fear on your own terms, before it sneaks up on you. And I’d also say there’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It doesn’t make you weak, but rather, wise—there are some things worth fearing. Last, I’d tell them this: ask for help. You should never have to face your fears alone. But if you do, your own strength might surprise you.
* If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three things with you, what would you bring and why?
Let’s see! I’d bring my encyclopedia of birds of the British Isles. It’s the only book I own, and if I’m to be stranded somewhere, it’s big enough to keep me entertained while I wait for help to arrive!
I’d also bring a jug of Samson. It’s a dark, sticky drink made from treacle and hops—fishermen like my da believe it cures everything.
Last, I’d bring a vial of Morag’s strongest poison. …What? You never know what might be lurking in the ocean, least of all around a strange island!
*What is it about your antagonist that irks you the most, and why?
Antagonist? Surely you must mean the witch, Morag. I don’t know anyone who antagonizes me more than she does! But I wouldn’t know where to start. Her strange, piercing stare. Her teas that smell about as bad as the inside of her creepy cottage. Her big book of sea monsters. I don’t like any of it!
Or did you perhaps mean Mister and Missus Gill? I know they’re the self-appointed leaders of our community, probably because they’re the oldest and most boring people in all of Port Coire, but I can’t bring myself to like them much. They’re hopelessly old-fashioned–and Missus Gill is far too nosy, and thinks she knows everything!
Or perhaps you mean whatever killed Grandad. Something was with him in the water that day. I swear it, and I don’t care if you think I’m crazy.
*Can you say “Good morning” in Manx for us?
Of course I can. My da’s been teaching me Manx since before I started walking. He says it’s important, even if most folk in town don’t bother learning it anymore. It’s “Moghrey mie!”
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds. When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. Her work is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis, and her debut YA historical fantasy, FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP, publishes with Sky Pony Press (Skyhorse) in September of 2016. Visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com.
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