Maggie Shayne - Something Witchy This Way Comes - Dark Streets
Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.
While The Portal series is entirely fictional, and necessarily brimming with special effects, any portions of the stories pertaining to the actual practices and teachings of witchcraft are entirely authentic. Due to the oathbound nature of some Wiccan rites several of the spells and other rituals, particularly rituals of Initiation and elevation, have been altered, abbreviated, or are deliberately vague. These rites are revealed only to Initiated Witches who reach the appropriate levels of study in traditional Wiccan Covens.
Maggie’s books are loaded with suspense and romance (of coruse!) I had the pleasure of interviewing Maggie a while back, and now I’d like to share some of that with you!
T: Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became interested in writing.
M: I’ve been writing stories since I learned to spell my first word. It’s just never not been what I did. Eventually I figured out people were getting paid for that sort of thing, and turned my attention to publishing. It’s been twenty years since I published my first book, and I’ll never want to stop.
T: Tell us about your Portal series! What inspired that?
M:I’ve been an Ancient Mesopotamia buff for almost as long as I’ve been an author, so setting a story in Ancient Babylon (partially, mostly they’re contemporary novels) was always a goal. The trilogy features three women who were sisters, slaves in the king’s harem, and secretly practicing witchcraft. They were found out and executed, and an innocent man was cursed to far worse. Now, they’ve reincarnated to break the curse, free the innocent, and reunited with the lovers torn from their hearts so long ago.
T: You have been a practicing Witch for many years – how did this come about in your life ? Are there any books on this subject you can recommend for those interested in this?
M: Yes, I’ve been a Wiccan for a very long time, and am considered a High Priestess and Craft Elder. It’s the religion that spoke to me. I believe that all religions are equally valid. People choose the one that speaks to them. Spirituality is very different than religion, and is personal to each individual.
I’ve written a book that gives a primer on what Witchcraft is, how it’s practiced and how it works in relation to the Law of Attraction. It’s Called Magick and the Law of Attraction; A User’s Guide and I’ll give you the links.
T: Which of (your character) adventures was the most fun for you to write? Were any of them the least amount of fun?
M: They should all be fun, but sometimes I forget that I’m getting paid to do something I would do for free, and let it become work. When that happens, nothing is fun. I’m getting better and better at remembering that I’m writing for the sake of the story and at making sure it’s a story worth the telling.
That said, the most fun was plotting Everything She Does is Magick with my critique group. I’d decided the hero had to be kept a virgin until her could get with the heroine. The heroine’s three aunts (witches) conspire to interrupt his every attempt at sex to fulfill this prophecy and provide the world with the couple’s ultra powerful and important offspring. The aunts’ schemes to interfere with his “dates” were just too much fun.
T: What’s a must have for you when you are writing? What aids the creative process?
M: Deadlines. :)
T: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to know about you? (other than the practicing witch thing)
M: Probably that I have 9 grandchildren.
T: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
M: Everything I do makes perfect sense...to me.
T: What do you hope readers will most take away from your writing?
M: Light. Joy. I want them to be touched. I want them to feel like they’re better in some way than they were before the reading. I want them to feel empowered in knowing that love is not only the most powerful thing there is, it’s ALL there is.
Keep up with what’s current with Maggie at www.maggieshayne.com
Toni LoTempio – By Toni LoTempio – admin by day, writer by night, Toni is the author of several paperback and e-books of paranormal suspense – her latest, SOAPSUDS, SEX AND SILVER BULLETS, will be released from Entangled Publishing July 2014. As T. C. Lotempio, she pens cozy mysteries, debuting with the upcoming Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkeley Prime Crime. (MEOW IF IT’S MURDER, Fall 2014). She and her cat ROCCO do fundraising for Nathan Fillion’s charity, KIDS NEED TO READ, when they aren’t interviewing authors on ROCCO’s blog! You can keep up with all the latest interviews and news (including her 2014 releases!) at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com