My Review: When I began reading Witch Hunt: Of the Blood, I never expected to be thrown into such a realistic world of love, betrayal, acceptance and rejection. Not only was I amazed at how each story portrayed a different aspect of the Hawthorne clan by depicting one of its character, but the overall anthology feels more like a complete novel than a multiple authors book.The witches world is pretty much ours, albeit their fright to be discovered, judged and killed, for the most part.
I never thought it’d be that easy to identify with witches, but the one that stood out the most was Krista Walsh’s Circle Unbroken. Well-written, poetic and unique, this tale strike me not only in originality but for its compelling plot – my favorite of the lot.
Anyone who’s a fan of witches, historical elements or just a book rich in flavors, pick this one now.
Chatting with… Krista Walsh
It must have been a treat to work with characters of someone else to tell your own story – how did it come about and how did it change your own approach to writing?
KW: I first read Devin O’Branagan’s original Witch Hunt novel last year and loved it – especially the story set during the Salem witch trials. When Devin and I started talking about a possible anthology sequel, I was honoured to be asked to participate and grabbed Bridget’s character right away. It was only when I started writing that I realised how tricky diving into someone else’s world can be. In order to maintain consistency and a seamless continuation from the original, I had to find the balance between recreating the voice of Devin’s Bridget and exploring the voice of my own. The difference of 9 years between the stories gave lots of freedom to create my own story, but it was definitely a new way of working with characters.
How did the research process go – did you already know about witches, Salem and all that jazz, or did you have to dig to find out about it?
KW: For this story I lucked out. Witch trials of all kinds are my passion subject, so I’ve been reading up on them for years. It was a relief to finally have a chance to put that reading to use. For the sorts of magic I used throughout the story, I have Devin to thank because of how well she set it up in Witch Hunt. My research focused more on the smaller details of the setting and era, which was good fun.
Will you be writing about witches in the future?
KW: Witches always have a place in my writing. I have three completed novels in the editing stages and they’ve all involve historical witchcraft or modern day sorcery. I love the possibilities that witchcraft can offer a story, something that has limits and doesn’t just solve problems, something they have to work with, and sometimes against. The novel I’m working on editing now is called Evensong, which is a story about an author who gets trapped in his own fantasy novel (and yes, there’s an enchantress in this one as well).
Krista Walsh enjoys writing literary fiction, as well as historical and dark fantasy. Publications include contributions in the Day of Demons and Bleeding Ink anthologies. She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Learn more about her at www.theravensquill.com
Follow her on Twitter at @krista_walsh