In reading The Path I was reminded of the young sister’s adventures in “Little Women” and of Scout in “To Kill A Mockingbird”. In The Path, Marian Jefferson, the 11 year old protagonist, is involved in a series of harrowing adventures in one year’s time that many people never experience in a lifetime. Can you tell us how or where your idea for The Path originated?
My father was an avid writer of poetry. The subjects he wrote about varied from his experiences with family, friends, events and his love of the Lord. Late one night he and I were talking about something that had happened when I was a child and he mentioned that he wished he had kept a diary of his children’s lives as we grew up. The event that we discussed is one of the adventures that Marian and her brothers and friends experience in The Path. The story is mine, but the seed was planted by my father. I’m most thankful that he was able to read the story, and smile broadly, before passing away.
Is there a message in The Path you want readers to grasp?
There are many things that stand out about The Path for the readers. But two things stood out for me. One was that a person can be happy with the things he or she has with the right attitude. Marian and her family were so poor that they virtually lived from week to week. Yet their sense of family allowed them to look past their hardships and enjoy life and the adventure that comes with living. Secondly, the experiences the children lived through during that year allows the readers to recall their own childhood experiences and adventures that may have been long forgotten with the stresses of adult life. A number of my childhood experiences with my brother, sister and friends are brought to life in The Path. It is my hope that this is also the case for the readers.
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How did decide on the title?
I originally wanted to call it The Witching Hour, but Anne Rice had already taken that title. Her witches were not as sinister or as evil as mine and The Coven has a ring of something very disturbing, which it is.
How difficult was The Coven to write?
The challenge with any book is to grab and then keep the reader’s interest. While what you are writing may be of great interest to you, a reader may consider it trash and put it down without even finishing the first page or first chapter. The subject matter of witchcraft and the occult is difficult enough, so keeping the reader on the edge of his/her seat and up late at night is the true test for any work of fiction. Witchcraft is also a subject that is frequently utilize so the challenge is how to put a different twist on a popular topic. Another difficulty, or challenge was the amount of research. While it was a labor of love, it was not a weekend term paper. I’m proud that a good number of people, including practitioners of “the craft” have complimented me on the accuracy of the symbolism's and other actions of the witch.
What did you learn from writing The Coven?
Just how popular the subject matter is. This genre is read by people in all walks of life, people I never would have suspected to have any interests in this subject matter have written me. The majority of the comments are centered around the cast of unlikely characters, the setting and the combination of daring police work. Comments from individuals who say they are practitioners of “the craft” have disagreed with the witch and the coven’s actions as an inaccurate portrayal of the modern day witch, but they have also enjoyed the story and the unusual manner in which it unfolds. The popularity of this subject matter continues to amaze me even today.
Are you a practitioner of the craft?
No, no and no. But I find the subject fascinating and understand its appeal.