As a little girl in Ducktrap, Maine, I used to spend hours in the forest with the birch trees and moss-covered rocks making up witch stories. The Victorian house we lived in had a secret door in the back of my closet (!) with a narrow staircase that led down to the kitchen and out the back door. My dad used to tell me the story of Colonel Buck's cursed tomb when we'd drive by the old Bucksport cemetery, and I've been fascinated by witches ever since. Maine was the perfect place for a little girl with a big imagination.
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I write a few different series that feature witches: A paranormal series of novellas called "Jezebel," set in Hollywood, Ca A YA paranormal series of novelettes called "Zoey and the Witch" by Judy Gloom (pen name) A paranormal series of full-length novels called "The Dagger Witch Chronicles," set in Maine, Salem Mass., Los Angeles and New Orleans.
The Dagger Witch Chronicles series was inspired by that story my dad told me about Colonel Buck's cursed tomb. It's been in my head for years and a whole witchy world grew up around it. I've included many real places in the books so that people can go to Salem and visit them - the Salem Witch Museum, Derby Wharf, Crow Haven Corner, "Official Witch of Salem," Laurie Cabot's witch shop, The Cat, The Crow & The Crown, which is unfortunately now closed. I was lucky enough to visit Salem and get an in-person reading from Laurie years ago at Halloween in the back of that amazing store. The time I spent in Salem had a huge impact on me. I've tried to include all that magic and wonder I felt in my novels.