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Meet the Author of BRYN, C.M. McGuire!

Meet the second of four fantastic authors joining the Swoon Reads family, C.M. McGuire! We couldn't get enough of her totally kick-butt paranormal adventure starring a queer goth fae-hunter. Learn more about Bryn!

What inspired you to write Bryn?

Honestly, it started as a fanfiction. About a decade ago, I read an entire fanfic universe playing with the idea of Dean from Supernatural as a girl. I was really fascinated by that perception and the idea of a character like her stuck in my mind—someone who was strong but vulnerable, whose greatest weakness was their unwillingness to embrace their own vulnerability. At the time, I was performing at the Renaissance festival, so the Fae seemed a natural place to go in terms of folkloric expression. As soon as I heard Brett Dennan's "Ain't No Reason" and Florence and the Machine's "Blinding" it all just sort of came together.

What is your favorite moment in the book?

There's a scene just before the final act, when Bryn has a bit of a quiet, intimate moment with a creature called a shadeling. It was a nice break from the action and one of the first scenes I'd planned before I began writing.

What books or movies featuring Fae characters would you recommend?

I feel like, where books are concerned, the works of Holly Black and Melissa Marr have to be honored, as are the books of Jim Butcher and Neil Gaiman. Personally, I'm also very fond of Morris's books about Camelot and Pratchett's Wee Free Men series (Rob Anybody!).

In general, I seldom care for films about fairies because they almost always seem to be very sanitized. However, I am very nearly sick with admiration for Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro.

Who would play your characters in a movie?

Bryn might be played by Arryn Zech, Hailee Steinfeld, or Brigette Lundy-Paine.

Jasika might be a young Taylour Paige or Amandla Stenberg.

Dom would be a young Jared Padalecki meets a young Rami Malek.

Gwen could be a blonde Anna Murphy (a la The Man Who Invented Christmas), Samantha Isler, or Alona Tal.

Mab could also be Samantha Isler, Danneel Ackles, Amy Gumenick, or Annie Wersching.

What makes you swoon?

A well-written, complicated character. In particular, I'm a sucker for the "bad guy who turns out to be good" trope, but I also love a good old-fashioned cinnamon roll character or some good old-fashioned whump. And if there's a romance, it better be a slow burn for me.

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