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September 23, 2013 / minusbar

Guest Post: Linda Bell Brighton, author of Wolgast Castle

Where Do Your Witches Come From?

By Linda Bell Brighton

One of the most frequent questions authors get asked by readers is: Where did you get your idea for your book? As it happens, that is one of my favorite questions. Where did my idea of writing about witches come from? My family never lived in Salem.  None were witches (that I know).

From Samantha Stevens of Bewitched. And her mother. That’s the image I got when I decided to write a murder mystery and was thinking about characters. This was before I’d discovered The Dresden Files.

But not before I’d discovered witches. Alice in Wonderland is probably the first witch-like character I read. Though she had to take a pill, she was able to shape change. And the world she visited was most surely magical. Later I discovered more witches, the ones burned alive in the history. The ones that were part of a vast “diabolical conspiracy” in league with the devil trying to undermine Christianity.

Dealing with good or bad spirits, for the good or bad of another human, the idea of witches exists around the world. So, the question nagged me: What if witches actually existed? Not the evil, Satan worshiping characters medieval and Renaissance Europe imagined. But people who could really shape shift. One of my more scientific-minded friends argued it was impossible. Where would they put the extra mass when they converted to smaller sized creatures, or obtain mass if they wanted to become larger?

Science answered the question for my historical fantasy novel, WOLGAST CASTLE, Book 1 of the Sidonia the Sorceress series. Dark matter. It seems that what we can see isn’t enough to account for the total mass of the universe. I mixed dark matter with Aristotle’s natural science belief that all things are made of matter and form. To this, I added a drop of metaphysics: What is ultimately there? What is it like? When the blender stopped, I got “Pas,” the witch’s belief in an intelligent “everything” that everything is made from. The stuff that allows the Me’um (the race of witches) to shape change. And that is how I came up with a new type of witch.

About Wolgast Castle, book one of the Sidonia the Sorceress series:

Forced to attend Princess Maria regent’s celebration at Wolgast Castle, 1560 Germany, Sidonia von Bork, fears her magical abilities will be discovered and she’ll be burned alive as a witch. When she discovers she is actually a member of an ancient shape-shifting race and the prophesied Golden One, she must face her destiny: to save the multiverse from the daemons determined to destroy all humans, and stay alive in the process.

Giveaway Info

Linda is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of her book at each blog stop on her tour AND three Grand Prize Giveaway of one Travel Mug, one T-Shirt and one Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with your choice of fan art, chosen from here: , shipped to anywhere in the world!

  1. To win a book: Leave a comment on this blog post on what is your creativity to be entered to win a book. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends seven days after the post goes live.

  2. To win the Travel Mug or the T-Shirt or the Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with Linda’s fan art of your choice, click the link to go to Linda’s website here and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. The three lucky winners will be selected by October 7, 2013.

About the Author

Linda Bell Brighton fell in love with myths, magic, and monsters at an early age. On a thunder-storming day in the Keys, her father—in his bass reading voice—brought The Hound of the Baskerville to too-vivid-life. From that day forward, Greek and Roman myths merged with Wonder Woman and Super girl. After studying medieval and Renaissance literature in college, she now combines her loves by writing an alternate history of the Witch Burning Times that she calls magpunk: real history with myths, magic, monsters—and daemons, too.


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