How did you find that voice and keep it so consistent? Am doing something similar in a book right now, and it makes me nervous. I was nervous about that, too. So I did something sneaky—I gave her first few speeches a VERY Irish cadence, then stopped trying to make her sound any way in particular. I know that although you live in Maine now which is at the top of my why-have-I never-visited places, by the way , you grew up in Massachusetts.
Any Irish heritage? At least to my inexperienced eye and ear, you nailed the Boston Irish family at the center of this book. I really wanted South Boston to seem right, and I had a lot of advisers helping me make it so. The town I grew up in north of Boston was predominantly Irish and Italian, and there were Irish families in my neighborhood.
When I was in Southie for research, the speech patterns and attitudes were very familiar from my childhood. You definitely should visit Maine. How deeply did you have to dig yourself into that research? I thought I knew something about Celtic myths, but had never heard of Testing the Birds, for example, which is crucial in your story.
Ravens and the number three are common in Celtic tales, though, and if a crow or raven appeared on the battlefield it meant the Morrigan a battle goddess was near. I did do a lot of reading, both in books and online, about ancient Ireland and Celtic mythology. I found the mythology a little hard to pin down, frankly—everything I read seemed to have a different take on it. It was a big relief when I realized that the underworld needed to be multi-cultural and that I was going to have to make up a lot of stuff on my own.
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