Book: The Witch's Hand by Wendy Josephcategories: Book, Magic, Witch, Medieval France, Crusades, St. Dominic, Sword and Sorcery
Wendy Josephabout this book: The Witch's Hand is the thinking person's sword and sorcery. Young Liana must choose between a life of magical arts and corrupting power with the formidable witch Malaxia, or the rocky path of her unexpected protector Jettaret, a returned Crusader with PTSD, and his rascally companion Alberge. They travel in flight and pursuit through the medieval French countryside, dodging witch hunting peasants, bandits, and the local Watch riders.
• What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to tell a good story, for readers 13 and up. It took twenty-seven years to write, from 1985 to 2012. It also exists in stage play and screenplay form.
• Why did you choose this cover?
I had a vision of a hand, suffused with light and emanating power. The hand is the steerage of a witch's power; it shapes and guides the spell. Where and when was magic most prevalent? Medieval France, which burned nearly 1000 witches. Who else but the mysterious Malaxia for the cover? Is she good or evil?
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was sitting down to write. I researched it in France, digging up old documents, and readers can if they wish, follow the trail of the characters on a map of medieval France.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a good story is a magnificent thing.
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