Guest Post and Giveaway by Kiki Howell
A rebel at heart, I am going about this post a little backwards. When I thought about stereotypes of witches in fiction, all I could think of that bothered me was the stereotype of Witches in the real world and how I use my fictional witches to hopefully dispel misunderstandings and cruel judgments going on out there. I have something to say, messages to get across, and I’m not afraid to use my fiction to do so.
I’ve done this many times. In my hometown, once my writing came out, a few husbands got together and told the locals not to let their wives hang out with me or I would pull them into my coven. I then wrote a novel called A Modern Day Witch Hunt, showing witches as I saw them, ones who had to hide sometimes what they were for fear of retaliation. I’ve gone on to write stories which center around many spells, like the cutting the cords ritual, to show people what Witches really do.
I now have another novel coming out called Hidden Salem, which was inspired by my trip to Salem, MA where I met many wonderful Witches—compassionate, warm and fun—loving people who really inspired me to be a better person, as my fictional witch, Lauri does for my character Makayla in the story. Now, I did put a dark coven in my novel too, but hey, it’s fiction, and I needed bad guys too *winks* But the dark accentuates the light. Are my fictional witches stereotypical…hmm, I don’t think so. In fact, in my story I have the only real witch in Salem in 1692, and she escaped before the trials started. I’d always wanted to write a story with that character :)
From the Wickedest Witch of the All – Kiki you are such a darling. Thanks for this lovely post. I can’t wait for the release of Hidden Salem, this coming fall. The idea of seeing Salem in your pages sounds like a real treat!
Kiki Howell loves a “well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions.” I fell in love with her writing after reading The Healing Spell and A Modern Day Witch Hunt, now I’m super excited about Hidden Salem.
And Kiki is thrilled, too. So much that she wanted a lucky Wicked Darling to have a memento from Salem. Do you want to know what I told Kiki when she showed me the pendant she was giving away for the Sexy, Dark & Bloody Fiction party? Well, here it goes anyway. I said, “Kiki, being a real Witch doesn’t take away the fact that I love pointy hats, cauldrons, cats and brooms.”
This is all you need to do to enter this witchy giveaway:
1. Leave a comment with your thoughts on this post.
2. Visit Kiki Howell’s website, read an excerpt or two, and come back to tell me about your favorite tale. Just so you know, Kiki’s tales are hot, hot, hot!
1. Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture)
2. Blog about this entry, and leave a link to the post
3. Tweet about this entry, and leave a link to the tweet
4. Follow my writing site
5. Follow Authors by Authors, Kiki Howell’s blog
* This giveaway ends April 17th.