Posts Tagged: Path Unchosen

Book Covers are so Important Everyone I meet tells me they often choose books by new authors, by their book covers first, then the blurb on the back page, then the first few paragraphs or pages. I know it’s true because this is the way I select new authors, both on Kindle and in bookshops.… Read the rest »

I’ve had a lot of really positive feedback about my covers, especially my first book Path Unchosen. The solitary raven perched on a gravest one is such a strong symbol of otherworldliness. A suggestion of a connection with live after death.   I’ve always liked birds. The ravens at the Tower of London with their intense stares… Read the rest »

I remember hugging the huge oak tree at the bottom of a garden when I was a child, and feeling a connection I couldn’t explain. Oak forests once covered much of northern Europe. Few old-growth forests remain now, and people from all walks of life fight vigorously to defend the tracts that still survive. Folklore… Read the rest »

An evocation is an event in which a necromancer calls or summons a spirit (it is also used in many belief systems and mythologies for any act in which spirits, demons, gods or any other supernatural agents are called.) I know from my readers that Evie is a favorite character in the Daughter of Ravenswood… Read the rest »

Though I’m sure flying one would be great fun 🙂 A traditional witch’s broom has a handle of ash (usually associated with healing and enchantment), bristles of birch (symbolising renewal and purification); and the twigs are tied onto the handle with thin strips of willow (for the enhancement of psychic abilities). Witches and brooms have been associated together for centuries.… Read the rest »

Or do they? Thanks to many years of reading fantasy fiction, I’ve always thought that witches need a special knife in their toolkit, an Athame – a magical blade for channeling and directing psychic energy. But one of the interesting things I learned while researching, is that the word itself only came to be in common… Read the rest »

Fotokvadrat/Shutterstock.com Is necomamcy evil? As soon as I started writing Path Unchosen, I knew my heroine Meagan would be a necromancer. But I didn’t like how necromancy is usually portrayed in myth and fiction. This picture summed it up for me…and it just didn’t feel right. But did I really know what a necromancer is? What… Read the rest »

Where do ideas come from? I’m often asked where I get my ideas from. Usually in the form of a quizzical gaze and a question such as: did you get all of that stuff out of your head? The answer is yes, and no. My head is often bursting with ideas, but often half formed and… Read the rest »