About Contact Charity Home David McKeown The Sea Mither Cover designed by David McKeown I live in Scotland and love to explore the country while looking for inspiration. But it was only while looking into the rich history of folklore, fairy tales and legends of Scotland recently that this story finally came to be written down; a mere ten years after I first had the idea. But when you’re a writer, occasionally a story refuses to go away. It will sit like an obstinate house guest at the back of your head waiting for its moment on your computer screen. This one began life as a doomed never-to-be-finished or filmed screenplay. Frustration with the format saw it abandoned only to be revived here as a short story. Of course, distilling a long screenplay with a cast of thousands down to 5000 words was a challenge and it was inevitable much of the story would have to be changed or removed entirely. But in the end I hope I’ve captured the essence of the original idea - an adventure tale in the tradition of Beowulf, but with a Scottish twist, inspired by the folklore of my country. The one constant is I’ve left it up to the reader to determine the true nature of the antagonist; just as the people of Orkney did years ago when shaping their wonderful tales in an attempt to make sense of the volatile Scottish weather and understandably creating a few horror stories in the process…
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