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Self-published Selkies

Med Bow clerk discovers fun in writing Irish folklore tales


February 7, 2018

Mike Armstrong

Karen Heath with her first book, Selkie Tales.

Karen Heath is the town clerk of Medicine Bow. She is also an author of five books featuring Selkies that make their home in Maine.

A Selkie is a legendary creature originating in Irish folklore and Orkney Islands that are said to live as seals in the sea, but shed their skin to become human on land. Stories frequently revolve around female Selkies being forced into relationships with humans by someone stealing and hiding their sealskin, sometimes not regaining the skin until years later when they commonly return to the sea, leaving their human family.

Heath's heroine is Annie Shaw, a high...

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