I’m Carolyn Turgeon, and I’m the author of five novels—
Rain Village, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, Mermaid, The Fairest of Them All, and The Next Full Moon, most of them based on old-time fairy tales, dark and glimmering—and, more recently, The Faerie Handbook, which came out from HarperCollins in November 2017 and might be the loveliest book printed this century, and the equally curvaceous The Mermaid Handbook, which came out in May 2018. A third handbook will make its ravishing debut in spring 2020.
I’m also the editor-in-chief of Faerie Magazine, a quarterly print publication about which the NY Times said, "It's as though Martha Stewart Living and Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene had a magazine baby.” You can learn about the magazine here, or subscribe here. Recent themes have included Victoriana and Practical Magic, and recent covers featured a flame-haired lady knight lying in a field of belladonna and a recreation of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Beata Beatrix.
I love travel and adventure and have attended mermaid camp at Weeki Wachee (where I swam in a tail with glamorous mermaids and a wild manatee), spent five days at a witch camp in Woodstock, and was scuba certified in Corn Island, Nicaragua, by a dive instructor from Spain, then dove with sharks in the Bahamas. I’ve visited Italy numerous times to research a new novel (and was in a PhD program at UCLA way back when, studying medieval Italian poetry) and this past spring visited a count’s private archives in the same Florence library where Hannibal Lecter worked in the Thomas Harris books.
Currently I live in a 1930s building in Baltimore that might have emerged from a Greta Garbo film and/or The Shining, depending on your mood, and I’m writing like a madwoman, usually from my purple velvet couch. If you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter, I might send you a missive now and then. I’d love to hear from you.