Many thanks to Cheryl for having me here to talk about my favorite fictional witches.
Although what gave me that nudge toward writing witches were film witches and memories of visiting Salem when my husband was stationed in Boston for two and a half years.
I’ve always enjoyed the movie I Married A Witch starring Veronica Lake as a 1700s witch, burned at the stake, although it’s a well known fact they weren’t burned in the US, but her spirit ends up bound. All it takes is her return in the 1940s, a love potion gone wrong and her long ago enemy’s descendant is caught up in the insanity. Yes, filled with historical inconsistencies, but it’s still a fun movie and you have to love a strong-minded witch.
Plus Practical Magic, while based on a book, it was the movie that revved my imagination.
Sally Owens was a witch in a family where the women were doomed to lose the men they loved. With that loss, she gave up her magic, until that gift was needed to save her sister.
For a fictional witch I’d say Camille in Yasmine Galenorn’s Sisters of the Moon series. Camille is strong, family-minded, and ready to do battle for her sisters. With each book she’s grown even more and you have to love to see what happens next.
One thing I’ve enjoyed in books and film are the stories that show women banding together. Friendships that are woven so tightly they’re stronger than family. Families bound in more than blood.
I value my own friends and in my way I wanted to write about that. I bound the young witches together with a forbidden spell and 700 years later they’re still bound together with friendship and a loyalty that can’t be broken. Mortal friends are there with a shovel and an alibi. Witches are there with spells blazing and cauldrons bubbling if need be.
Basically it wasn’t fictional witches that inspired me, but my friends around me as we all reached that point where we tapped into our inner witch. In Practical Magic Dianne Weist’s character said “there’s a little witch in all of us”.
There’s a lot out there that inspires me. Books, movies, and friends.
So there you have it. We all have some witch in us, magic that hovers overhead, and there’s nights that we really do think about dancing under the moon. If witches in books and movies do it, why can’t we?
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