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R.R. Russell lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up traveling the world as an army brat and now travels the country as a coach with a non-profit judo club. She loves to read and draw, and like Twig, once spent a lot of time sketching unicorns. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!
R. R. Russell on The Unicorns in WONDER LIGHT
Author R.R. Russell once spent a lot of time sketching unicorns. In this post, Russell will go into detail about her fascination with these mystical creatures and why they play such a significant role in her novel.
In WONDER LIGHT, Twig, a twelve-year-old girl sent to live at a pony ranch for troubled girls on a misty, isolated island, witnesses the birth of a baby unicorn. Her encounter with the unicorns and the people of Lonehorn Island changes her world.
When I was young, my walls were covered with posters of unicorns, leaping and shimmering with rainbow colors. They seemed to belong in a different, brighter world. They were beautiful, powerful, and free. I loved to look at them and to draw them, but I never really believed in magical, horned creatures bounding through the clouds. So when I sat down to write a book about unicorns, I made them the sort of real, wild animals that could live in this world—the kind that Twig, a lonely girl with a rough past, could believe in.
Twig is the last person who’d dream of discovering wild unicorns. She doesn’t believe in magic or miracles. She’s never even dreamed of having a pony like other girls. She just wants to be left alone, and she’s given up on dreaming. She’s almost given up on herself. But Twig discovers that these mysterious creatures, who at first seemed to be ghosts—always slipping into the shadows, hiding in the mist—really want to be known. To be understood.
She’s the only one on the ranch who understands who the unicorn filly born in the stable really is. Why she’s so different and why she struggles to fit in with the ponies. But Twig learns she must do more than just care for this impossible creature. Nighttime howls fill the mist-shrouded darkness of the island. Something’s out there, hunting, waiting to attack. Twig must become her unicorn’s rider, and she must face the howling darkness with her. Together they must fight to save the last free herd of unicorns.
Doesn't this post make you want to find a wild unicorn herd now? I'm really excited to go on this adventure with Twig after reading this post, aren't you?
Title: WONDER LIGHT: Unicorns of the Mist Author:R.R. Russell
Release Date:May 7, 2013
Publisher:Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Received: For Review
Deep in the heart of a mist-shrouded island, an impossible secret is about to be discovered. Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for "troubled" girls on a misty, haunted island, Twig is about to discover the impossible — someone who needs her. Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables. There in the straw is a bleating little scrap of moonbeam. A silver-white filly with cloven hooves and a tiny, spiraling horn. A baby unicorn. Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island's mist: the last free unicorn herd. And a mysterious boy named Ben who insists that this impossible creature is now Twig's to care for. That she needs Twig's love and protection. Because there's something out there in the deep, dense shadows that's hunting for them...