When Briley Forester, a shy recluse and gifted games programmer, is torn from the world and dumped into the village of Maepole, she finds out the hard way. Trapped within a backward world without technology, she discovers that being a witch is hard, and that her grouchy talking cat Smokey knows more about men than she does!
Tricked into working as a delivery girl and aided by an ancient grimoire, only by learning the powers of witchcraft can she hope to return home. Not an easy task for a girl suffering from crippling self-doubt.
But her way home is fraught with heartache and danger, love and despair. The powerful Whitehead family, haters of witches, will stop at nothing to be rid of her.
And lurking within the forest, the dark spirit lies in wait, ready to strike…
Targeted Age Group:
Young Adult and above
I wanted to write a coming of age paranormal book based around witches without the usual attachment of vampires, werewolves or demons. I felt that adding in a grumpy talking cat added a certain amount of humour, although the book does have its dark side.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
My advice would be to never give up on your dream, that one day you will have a book finished, edited and published. And be prepared. And be warned: the hard part of writing a book is not the actual writing, but the promotion afterwards…
Sarah Jane Avory is a self-published author, as well as a full-time Senior computer games programmer. She started writing a long time ago, using EasyScript on a Commodore-64, but has only recently joined the world of self-publishing. The Spirit Of A Witch is her first published novel.
Sarah enjoys reading when she’s not writing, as well as following Formula One. She is also the proud owner of a black Norwegian Forest cat.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As the owner of a black cat, I always wondered what it would be like to be able to talk to her. So I came up with the idea of a girl named Briley Forester from our world who ends up in a fantasy world more akin to Anglo-Saxon times. In the new world, Briley discovers that not only real witches exist and that cats talk to their witches, but she is a witch as well…
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