Meet Author, Colleen Chesebro

Welcome to my fairy/nymph blog and author website.  My name is Colleen Chesebro. My blog is the place you can come to hear the stories of the fairies as they whisper their tales to me. I’m glad to meet you.

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Fairies are mythical beings often found in folklore and romantic legends. They usually have a small human form and magic powers. The fairies that speak to me are the nymphs rooted in the ancient mythology of Greece. The fairy nymphs whisper their stories and I, in turn, share them with you.

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The following is quoted from NymphManiac.com and discusses the nymphs that feature in my début novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy:

“The Naiads (Naiades) were nymphs of bodies of fresh water and were one of the three main classes of water nymphs – the others being the Nereids (nymphs of the Mediterranean Sea) and the Oceanids (nymphs of the oceans). The Naiads presided over rivers, streams, brooks, springs, fountains, lakes, ponds, wells, and marshes. They were divided into various subclasses: Crinaeae(fountains), Pegaeae (springs), Eleionomae (marshes), Potameides (rivers), and Limnades orLimnatides (lakes). Roman sources even assigned custody of the rivers of Hades to Naiads classified as Nymphae Infernae Paludis or the Avernales.

The Naiad was intimately connected to her body of water and her very existence seems to have depended on it. If a stream dried up, its Naiad expired. The waters over which Naiads presided were thought to be endowed with inspirational, medicinal, or prophetic powers. Whoever drank of these magical waters would be inspired, thus, the Naiads were themselves considered prophetic and were frequently worshiped by the ancient Greeks in association with divinities of fertility and growth. Hence, all persons in a state of rapture, such as madmen, poets, seers and prophets, were said to be caught by the Nymphs.

The genealogy of the Naiads varies according to geographic region and literary source. Naiads were either the daughters of Zeus, the daughters of various river gods or simply part of the vast family of the Titan Oceanus. Like all the nymphs, the Naiads were in many ways female sex symbols of the ancient world and played the part of both the seduced and the seducer. Zeus, in particular, seems to have enjoyed the favors of countless Naiads and the other gods do not seem to have lagged far behind.

The Naiads fell in love with and actively pursued mortals as well. Classical literature abounds with the stories of their love affairs with gods and men and with the tales of their resulting children.”

Artwork by Waterhouse, John William

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I enjoy writing about the seven different nymph clans which summarized are as follows:

The Oread clan lives in the mountains. The Naiad clan resides around bodies of water like springs and lakes, or swamps. The nymphs of the trees and forest are of the Dryad clan who inhabit oak trees; the Hamadryad who live in many different kinds of trees and die when the tree they inhabit dies; the Alseid clan who inhabit the forests and meadows; and the Meliae clans who live deep within the ash trees that grow in ancient forests. The sea-nymphs are from the Oceanid clan.

I am a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and imaginative nonfiction. My first fantasy series is now under production and called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book One, The Swamp Fairy,” which I published in January 2017.

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Here is a brief synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Abigail Forester, recently orphaned and a Ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative.

Aunt Magnolia becomes Abby’s Guardian and together they claim an ancient inheritance of land that has been in Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Abby wears her mother’s most sacred possession – a stone pendant in the shape of a heart forged from a giant mystical stone found on the very swamp land that Abby now owns.

However, Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, has other ideas. He wants Abby’s land for himself and he is willing to stop at nothing to own that land.

All Abby wants is to be part of a family again and to learn to ride horses with her two new friends, Savanna, Blake, and Cash.

The swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets and Abby is summoned by a primeval nymph who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the primeval nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

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My writing explores the human reactions to life in the multicultural world of today. I like to talk about real issues, and ecology figures prominently in each of my stories. I like to stress how we all hold a responsibility to become stewards of our lands. I blend real life historical events into my writing to create experiences that will stay in the hearts and minds of my readers. I like you to feel what I write.

My first YA novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy, reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.

I am a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and a retired bookkeeper. I hold an Associate Degree in Business Administration, and another Associate Degree in the Arts, which I use to blend my love of writing with my passion for all things creative.

When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy spending time with my husband, dogs, children, grandchildren, and friends. When time allows, I also enjoy gardening, cooking, and crocheting antique doilies into works of art.  I live in the United States with my husband, Ron and my two Pomeranians, Sugar and Spice.

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~Colleen~