I've fielded a lot of questions about the complexity of The Wicked Garden Series story and characters. This list is a small compilation. Have a question? Fill out the form below and your answer will be added to the library!
* You say you were researching your family history when you had the idea for The Wicked Garden, how far back did you manage to get? - If I recall correctly I was able to get some loose ends back to the 1400s, about where the MacNaughts lived, but I would have to go back to confirm that.
* Where did you shoot the cover for the Witches of Snyder Farms? That's my fave cover I think! Love the poppies! - The poppy garden is actually on the property of my late brother. It is next to the home where I grew up. That whole countryside is Snyder Farms to me. I imagine my brother was watching with a grin as I shot my "book" covers. The truck pix were taken outside of Vandalia, IL in a town called Fillmore and the most recent pix were taken at my friend Susan's property outside of Vandalia, IL too.
* What compelled you to incorporate fairies into the stories instead of other elemental or magical beings? I actually added Claire after the first draft was done. She totally adds a different element to the original story. I wanted a mythical character that was beautiful, smart and clever. Claire was all those things.
*Where did Gretchel's name come from? A meditation. I asked my guides what my next writing project should be, when I came to, I knew the main character was a redheaded Scottish witch named Gretchel. She chose me to tell her story. I truly believe that ideas are sentient.
* Was there one specific character with which you most identified? And did you work off of a detailed outline as you were writing the series? Yes. Gretchel and I worked very closely together. I understood her angst. Even when most people couldn't stand her character, I knew that she and I would get her through the trials and tribulations. As for outlines... I start with them, and then the muse takes over!
Your playlists are great. How do you create them and how do they fit into your writing of this series?
* Who were your favorite characters to write in the series? Peter Stewart, hands down, was the best to write. TMO helped a lot with his personality too. My favorite scenes are usually with Eli and Gretchel... the tender scenes when she is vulnerable and let's him love her.
* Did the last book surprise you? Specifically the ending? Or was it exactly how you planned? The epilogue I knew about a year ago when I was taking a shower. I literally sobbed, and had to sit down in the tub when it came to me. The underworld was not like I planned, at all. Book six really surprised me!