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!