I work for one of the busiest library systems in the country, so research is actually one of the easiest things I do. I know a lot of reference librarians and they love getting challenging questions. I’ve been interested in witchcraft for many years and have a whole collection of books on the history of witchcraft in addition to the library resources and some on-line research. One problem we do have in the library is that the books on witchcraft are often stolen, by people who object to us putting them on the shelves. But, our policy is “free and open access” so it’s important to have all kinds of books available to readers.
Yes, since this is a 4 book series, I needed to leave that bit of plot hanging. If you tie up all the lose ends in a series, there really isn’t a reason for the reader to come back. Each book will stand on it’s own, but there is an overarching plot line about the sisters magical abilities and the Dark Druids efforts to destroy King Charles II.
I like to write strong women, and often get in trouble for it. My heroines have been called “bitches” because they stand up for themselves. They don’t always need the hero to take care of them, they WANT a relationship with the hero. I think for modern women, this is significant. I love reading historical romance, but if the heroine is too much of a “doormat” – I lose interest in the book. I like writing a couple that works together to resolve issues. They need to respect each other and what they bring to the relationship. Besides, BITCH can mean – beauty in total control of herself.
There are four sisters, and I’m planning for each sister, who also controls an element, to have a book. Their stories will be linked but I wanted each one to have her turn. The next book is about the eldest sister, Aelwyd, the fire mage. I set up her story a bit in “Whistle Down the Wind”. Then there is Meaghan, the water witch, who will get tangled up with a pirate, (actually a privateer) and finally the youngest sister, Seren, who is an earth witch. I also want to write a novella about some of the characters in Jamestown. I’ve actually had questions about them. The next Mystic Moon book is planned for Fall of this year. I just finished a Steampunk book and have a Western to finish before getting back to the 17th century. Since I work full-time and write full-length books, I can’t produce books quickly.
I really love writing this series about four sisters. I have two sisters and it’s a very special relationship. There is great love and sometimes, great conflict. Having the opportunity to include information about the European witch craze is also important to me. We don’t even know how many women were executed during those times, but it was a huge number considering the total population.