Meet the Character: Gillian Gilchrist from Moss and Clay by Rebekah Jonesy
Gillian Gilchrist is the main character of my new book, Moss and Clay. As the title suggests, she is a doll made of moss and clay from the Underhill. Mab’s blood, as Fae queen of shadows and midwife of the Fae, and her magic give Gillian life. But she isn’t a soulless automation. Instead, she is a living, breathing, thinking person with a soul and the blessing of the goddess Danu and her consort the Sky.
You will see in the first chapter of the book that she is born with a mature female body that looks like a human body, mostly. With exceptional strength, hearing, sight, and a nose as powerful as a dog’s, she is still really just a baby.
She takes her first steps and starts training as a warrior on her very first day. But not without falling over a lot. Which also proves how resilient her body is. The goddess has given them a timeline that Gillian has to meet. Gillian only has a few weeks to train her new body and get familiar with the memories of her parents that were implanted in her body. Considering her mother is as old as time, that is quite the workload. Especially when her father is spending every waking moment teaching her combat skills.
Just as she is getting to know her father she learns that she has to leave him. The day she meets her mother, is the day she has to leave her. The day she has to leave the Underhill is also the first day she learns how to dress herself, use her magic, and is introduced to the rest of her clan.
While rationally she can deal with this, she knows why she was crafted, after all, it is still a new and unfamiliar burden of grief. She has to leave everything behind and travel to a new world, with people she doesn’t understand, and fulfill her mission. Even the mission she is given is a little broad. Gillian has to return the rogue fae or at least make sure they are living by fairy law. But no one knows who they are, where they are, or what has kept them trapped. No one is even really sure if they are trapped against their will.
The entire mission rests on the judgment of a two-month-old Fae who barely understands her own unique place in the world. And the only company she has is that of a kelpie who likes to keep secrets and is prone to fits of temper and mischief.
Rebekah Jonesy knows stuff about things and isn’t afraid to talk and write about it. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse. Inside the literary world, she is a devourer of books, publisher, and mentor.
“Rebekah has the best kind of rabies”- JD Estrada
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