Guest Post by Maralee Lowder
Like most writers, I am often asked where my stories come from. Now, you’d think that would be an easy question to answer, but it seldom is. Sometimes a title for a book will pop into my head and I’ll think up a story to go along with it. Or maybe I’ll be driving down a road and see something that just screams that a story be written about it. Once I wrote a mystery romance about a women’s strip club after having attended a birthday party at one. (Actually, I could probably have written a whole series of books about that experience!)
A Witch’s Tale was one of those books that just comes to writers from time to time. The book contains so many things that fascinate me. For one, I love its location. If you have never been along the Northern California coast you’re missing out on a truly beautiful experience. There’s something mysterious and wild about how the redwoods creep down nearly to the ocean, which is both rugged and breathtaking at the same time.
Also, my two main characters, Cassie and Mac, both represent parts of humanity that I find both interesting and admirable.
Cassie is a member of a coven of Wiccans, which is often mistakenly referred to as witches. For whatever reason, she and her mother have chosen a religion that is both serene and very ancient…and commonly misunderstood. I myself am not a Wiccan, but I do find other religions to be fascinating and I found researching the Wiccan faith to be a very pleasant experience. No, I have not changed my personal religious beliefs, but I can honestly say I enjoyed meeting some wonderful and very helpful people while doing my research.
Mac represents a group of people whom I admire very much—people who are living in recovery. I guess my interest in this group of people goes way back to my childhood. I remember one particular neighbor who was actively pursuing this lifestyle, as well as a friend of my father’s who was a truly wonderful person. Both men had experienced serious addiction problems and had not only managed to turn their lives around, but were two of the nicest guys I have ever known.
Of course, I can’t leave out another one of my favorite characters in the book, Sarge, the English Bulldog. Several years ago my husband decided he just had to have an English Bulldog. So, I bought him an adorable little puppy we named Nasty (which was short for Bolivershagnasty…don’t ask, ‘cuz I don’t know where that name come from.) Nasty grew up to be a funny, loving, absolutely adorable dog who was loved by one and all. He especially liked women. Whenever a lady would come to the house he would immediately sit on her feet while looking back over his shoulder as he gazed lovingly up at her.
So, you have location, Wiccan, AA guy and an English Bulldog. Somehow they all came together to make a story. I was just there to write it all down.
Again, Cloey, thank you for this opportunity to visit with you and to talk a bit about my book, A Witch’s Tale.
All my best, Maralee Lowder
by Maralee Lowder
Publisher: Taylor Street Books
When hard-bittern reporter Mac McCormick is sent to Port Bellmont to report on the chilling death of the popular Reverend Elkins who has been found ritually sacrificed in a field just outside the town, he encounters an enraged crowd baying for the blood of a coven of witches whom it believes responsible for the crime.
However, when Mac subsequently meets the youngest of the witches, the beautiful flame-haired Cassie Adams, he immediately starts to doubt the crowd’s interpretation of events - or has he just fallen under her cunning spell?
Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one. Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense.
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