My doorway to Astreya’s world opened during a voyage by traditional schooner to the remote community of Grey River, on the southern coast of Newfoundland. We entered a fjord through a gap in the cliffs so narrow that without a flashing navigation buoy to guide us, we might have sailed past and never known it was there.
When I started writing, I discovered more about Astreya’s world, and needed to make maps of the places he went. While writing Astreya’s story, I found myself sketching some of the ordinary things in his life such as knives, buckets, boats, ships, seagulls and anchors, and wishing I had his talents.
Here is a sample of the maps and drawings you will find in the books.
Map of Astreya’s Village
Now you know why the illustrations and maps in my books written after The Astreya Trilogy are all by Shirley Mackenzie.