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Why Witch Lit?

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The Flowerpot Witch Blog Tour finishes tomorrow, so I wanted to add my own blog post to the tour.  My interview on Friday at Showboat TV with Judith Barrow gave me the opportunity to talk about many things, including why I write Witchlit and magical realism.

Have you read any fiction by Dion Fortune? I read Sea Priestess and Moon Magic and I knew I wanted to write more stories like those.

Fortune’s female lead is a strong, focused, determined woman and her magic is ‘real’. Destiny of Angels was my first novel and my female lead, Angel Parsons, uses the paths of the witch’s Qabalah to explore different ideas and perceptions of reality on the astral plane. I followed it with Wrath of Angels. I believed readers had had their fill of vampires and werewolves and would appreciate real people and real magic but I struggled to market the books because they didn’t fit neatly into the established genres.

I needed a different approach…

In August 2013 we moved into the field of the house we were buying in Wales, waiting for the purchase to be completed.

Once we’d moved in, we discovered an ancient Bronze Age settlement site on a hill beside the house and we cleared our riverbank of brambles and nettles to give us access to the river via a number of secluded ‘beaches’. I took inspiration from the Welsh landscape and penned the first book in the Standing Stone Series, Home for Christmas. These books were more accessible to readers, giving them a story of three women linked across time and space by the standing stone. In there time of most need, the women ask for help and it is given in the form of guidance from the goddess.

And then there was Witchlit! Inspired by a short story I was asked to pen for a possible anthology, Lizzie Martin, my protagonist, sprung into my mind and the Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series book 1, The Naked Witch was created for her. These books are about a real witch who uses magic in her every day life.

Defining and publicising Witchlit is my mission, introducing readers to my stories and others who write this wonderful, exciting, new and sexy genre. We want to start a Witchlit revolution!

You can join the revolution by adding @Witchlit1 to all your magical tweets and be sure to follow us on Twitter…

https://twitter.com/WitchLit1

and my personal account https://twitter.com/WendyWooauthor

Witch Lit is contemporary, magical realism, where the magical and the mundane co-exist. The stories are gritty and believable while magic is sprinkled through the stories, offering the reader a new perspective on reality.

Unlike Chick Lit, Witch Lit women do away with the sweet, sickly or fluffy. Their passion, determination and creativity shine through the stories, though none are averse to a well-rounded buttock or a chiselled jaw. Witch Lit isn’t anti-men but Witch Lit women’s lives don’t revolve wholly around their presence or absence.

You do not need to be pagan or a witch to enjoy these stories!

I’ve had a lot of fun on the Blog Tour, meeting and chatting to new people and sharing my passion for writing, dancing and magic with bloggers and readers. If you’d like to stay in touch, why not sign up for my newsletter?

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You’ll receive a link to a FREE story, the one I was telling you about, the story that links everything I’d written before, with the new Lizzie Martin Witchlit stories.

Why not begin your journey into witchlit today?

You can find all my books via my Amazon author pages

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Join me to heal and inspire, spreading ripples of warm heartedness and love into the local community and the world. Bright blessings xx

 

 

 

 

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The book that changed my life

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More than ten years ago, I was struggling with life. My daily battle with depression was compounded by debilitating and fatiguing IBS. I was dancing Egyptian belly dance but feeling stuck and uninspired. A new lady came to dance class and loaned me a book. It changed my life and the rest, as they say, is history.

Violet Mary Firth, aka Dion Fortune, penned her first short stories in 1919, as a way to bring spiritualism, psychism and inner awareness to readers, otherwise unfamiliar with these practices. Two of her novels, Sea Priestess and Moon Magic greatly influence Doreen Valiente, in many people’s opinion the resurrecter of modern British witchcraft, and it was the first of these books I opened all those years ago.

I devoured every page. My magical practise, until then, had been purely personal but Sea Priestess opened up new possibilities, especially the opportunity to share, heal and inspire, not only through my writing but my dancing as well. In 2007, I created Phoenix Bellydance and began teaching Egyptian belly dance. Over the four years I taught in Essex, I was able to teach and, hopefully, inspire over 300 women and girls.

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At the time, my first novel was underway and I spent 3 years (30 minutes in the car every day waiting to pick up my children from school), writing and editing. ‘Hubble Bubble’ was about an English teacher who lived her life through her passion for literature. I was wordy, over 100k but it started me on the path I follow today. The characters were vivid and the imagery exciting…I just needed to learn how to plot and write story more effectively.

For three years, I taught dance, practised self healing and gathered holistic healing experience. The premise for my first novel ‘Destiny of Angels – First book in the Lilith Trilogy’, ‘what if a traumatic childhood experience sent a woman on a different life path?’ inspired me to write my first novel about the use of magic, contacting other planes of existence and the Qabalah, in our physical life on earth.

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Although my books are fantasy, the characters are real, living live like you and I, falling in love, raising children, finding new jobs and moving house. Relationships are an important element in my novel, often unconventional and sometimes surprising. ‘Destiny of Angels’ relies on the strength of friendship, as Angel’s friends help her dispel the hurt of the past. In ‘Wrath of Angels’, Angel’s love for Aidan is tested, as is her self belief and self worth.

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Bringing magic, inner awareness and affinity with nature into my stories brings them to life. In ‘Sea Priestess’ and ‘Moon Magic’, Vivien Le Fay Morgan, the main character, is both of this world and ‘other worldly’ and this other dimension, almost a secret side to her personality, fascinates me and is always with me as I write.

The three women in The Standing Stone books, inspired by my arrival in Wales, appear to live ‘ordinary’ lives across three different points in time but, all three are searching for something. Even Fern, the only one who already has a connection to the goddess through ritualistic nature worship, is seeking more. In Home for Christmas, they are guided by Binah, the Great Mother, the dark goddess who stands proudly beside Chokmah on the left hand pillar of the Qabalah Tree.

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My only foray into non-fiction is ‘Wendy Woo’s Year- A Pocketful of Smiles – 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you’, written at the request of friends who kept telling me to write down my tips to combat depression and bring peace and self healing to your life. The book is often practical, sometimes spiritual but never religious, occasionally witty and full of ideas to bring a smile to your day.

Have you read a book that changed your life? Be lovely to hear from you.

 

Why I write magical realism – a personal story Part 1

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Magic has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. From the lonely child who talked to the moon with Rosie rabbit, to the teen who married too soon, who begged the goddess of the moon every night to stop the violence, conversing with the moon has always brought me comfort.

DSC00477As I grew older, I began to read and with Rae Beth’s book Hedge Witch’s Way, began to discover my life path. In my own space, I drew strength from the elements, renewed my connection with the moon and made life choices upon the guidance I was given.

My first novel, never published, described the life of an English teacher, traditional at work but able to lose herself in the words she loved and become part of the stories herself. This was the magic I wanted to share, how ‘real’ life can embrace and benefit from magic. At this time books about vampires, shape shifters and schools for wizards sold in their millions but my writing was different and didn’t fit neatly into the fantasy genre.

A few lean writing years followed where I penned short stories, reaching out into different genres, trying to find my niche until the loan of a book and an inspirational path working journey changed my life.

The life of a hedge witch , like an author, can be a solitary one and though I shared extracts of my novel at writing group, I felt alone in my love of this ‘real magic’ genre….until I read The Sea Priestess and Moon Magic by Dion Fortune. These books were ‘magical realism’. They ignited my passion for my magic, supporting me in my study of the Qabalah and my desire to write about real magic. Written at the beginning of the 20th Century, Dion Fortune’s settings feel quaint, almost naive and yet the magical scenes and the subsequent discussions about them feel powerful and apt for modern life.

I’ll save the detail of my path working for another post but the connections I made and the confidence they inspired, remain with me today. Though I had not Dion Fortune’s background, knowledge or depth of understanding, I had my own magic and from this platform, I wrote Destiny of Angels.

The book begins at a school reunion where Angel Parsons bumps into her good friend from school, Jenny Parkes, as well as those who blighted her school days. Gone is the geeky, odd, easily tormented school girl and in her place, Angel the entrepreneur, successful business woman and high priestess takes centre stage. With her ‘family’, misfits in society who she met, helped and befriended, she works with Lilith on the astral plane to offer the perpetrators of her childhood misery the opportunity to choose redemption, finally closing that unhappy chapter of her life.

I’ll be honest with you, Destiny of Angels is not the best book ever written but the intent is there. The message that there is more to life than on this physical plane on which we dwell and that we can access levels of understanding if we give ourselves the space and time to do so, rings throughout the book.

If you are interested in real people and real magic, I would love to hear from you.

You can download Destiny of Angels today for just £1.38 or $2.11 so why not join me in sharing the magic of life.

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