My first published novel, ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, will always hold a special place in my heart. “Write what you know” the experts say, and I did. I wrote about the woods surrounding my parents’ house.
Granted, their woods aren’t haunted, at least not in the sense the woods in the story are. I would stare at those trees, darkness creeping up around them, and imagine what history had been like. Who else had dreamed? Who else stood beneath them and stared up at the intertwined branches?
One of my favorite things to do was stroll through them to the slate stream. I always imagined building a cottage there for quiet writing time, but never got a chance to before moving away.
My other favorite thing to do was to visit the old foundations hidden among the trees. Their real history was lost to me, but I could imagine the people who once lived in them and farmed the land. I could imagine their hopes and heartaches.
I hope for you, the reader, is that ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW will transport you into a land of trees and old stones. I hope that nature embraces you.
About Escape from Witchwood Hollow
**Noveltunity Book Club March 2015 Nominee**
Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?