Guest Post for Charlotte Redbird, Ghost Coach
Leprechauns—Lucky in Love?
One of the fun parts about writing paranormal, supernatural, or magical stories is the research. When I wrote Charlotte Redbird, Ghost Coach, I thought I had a pretty good handle on leprechauns. After all, Ancestry.com told me I’m Irish (mostly), so that little guy on the cereal box was practically a relative. Isn’t that all I needed to know?
Um. No. I needed to know if they were as lucky in love as they are with their gold, so I had to do a little digging. Here are some fun facts about my red-headed relatives from the Emerald Isle.
· In the supernatural world, they fall into the fairy family and they live underground.
· Music and dancing—the Irish jig, of course—are their passions.
· They are usually pictured as tiny wizened old men with red beards—but some say that’s an old stereotype.
· If you can catch one, they can grant three wishes, but remember, they are tricksters!
· Iron bars can contain them. If you nab one, have an iron cage handy, otherwise they can teleport away from you!
· While we think of their job as guarding protecting pots of gold, their real vocation is shoemaking.
· They are excellent cobblers. However, they never make a pair of shoes. They only make one!
· Mustard is a great condiment for hot dogs—but the yellow sauce will also burn the skin of a leprechaun.
· It’s a good thing they have great regenerative powers to recover from mustard burns. They heal quickly and can heal others.
Are they lucky in love? I couldn’t find an answer to that question, so I made something up. You’ll have to read Charlotte Redbird, Ghost Coach, to find out. Happy reading!