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The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston and Q&A

on December 6, 2015
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The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

My mind is like the willow; it flexes and springs. My heart is a knot of oak. Let them try to wound me. Let them try.

One year after artist Tilda Forwells loses her husband, she is finally ready to move into the secluded Welsh cottage they were meant to be sharing together.

In the valley below her mountain home is a mystical lake which inspires a strange energy in her. She starts to experience potent dreams, visions, presentiments which all lead her to Seren, the witch and shaman who legend has it lived on this lakeshore in Celtic times.

As Tilda explores the lake’s powers and her own, her connection to Seren grows stronger. And when she comes under grave threat, she must rely on Seren and this ancient magic to save her.

This can be read as a standalone book but this book 3 in the Shadow Chronicles

I did like the cover of this book it caught my attention it so pretty I have not read any of Paula’s other books so I was not sure of her writing style but I found it easy to follow it and like her style

I like the descriptions I could picture the cottage and the lake in my mind the book is set in Wales you can tell that Paula has done a lot of research into the history of Wales I know she lives there too

The story tell you of Tilda’s grief and suffering it was a bit deep I felt sometimes it seem to move to slow for me I lost interest a bit i sorry to say but I did found some sides to her character very deep and interesting too
what did you think of her ?
I did find her a hard to read I did not get her I could not work her out at time but then I felt for her She had a lot of different side to her

I like the magical side of the story and the magical elements of the lake it caught my attention it seem to pull mr into it magical powers too

I thought seren was a more powerful lady very tough and independent she seem more real to me I could relate to her story more I was pull into her life more
I not going to tell you the plot as i want you to read for yourself
it is a very good plot and it very enjoyable read
3 stars

I would like to thank Grace at little brown for letting be part of this book tour
Paula Brackston Q &A with author of The Sliver Witch

Where did you get idea for this story ?
The Silver Witch was inspired by Llangors Lake, which is the largest natural lake in south Wales, and is just a few miles from my home in the Brecon Beacons. It is a place of such atmosphere, legends and history – it’s a gift for a writer really.
I imagined a modern day character living overlooking the lake, and another living in ancient times – 10th century – living on its shores.

Is the Welsh cottage a place you know ?
Yes, it is set high on a hill with a fantastic view of the lake. While I was writing the book I often visited the locations, particularly the houses and the crannog in the story. I don’t often get such useful stimulation for my imagination so closely connected to the book I’m working on, so I made the most of it. Tilda’s cottage would probably have been the home of a farm worker a hundred or so years ago.

Who was your favourite character and why?
Ooh, this is like being asked to choose between your children! I definitely admired Tilda – all that running! And she is courageous, I think. Of course I write characters that fulfil my own wishes, so all of them have qualities I would like! Having said that, I do have a soft spot for Seren. I like her independence, and the way she is able to be totally herself, and live the life she is called to.

How long did this book take you to write ?
The actual writing takes about seven months, with a fair amount of research before that. The hardest work, though, is the editing and rewriting. It’s not my favourite part of the job, but it is where you polish the diamond.

Do you ever have visions ?
Not as such, though I often feel I have glimpsed something, just at the periphery of my sight. I am lucky to live in such a wild and ancient place, and I do think that the lives of those who have lived here before me are imprinted on the landscape, and in the very old houses. It makes sense to me that they would make their presence felt from time to time.
Visions play a big part in The Silver Witch. Seren is known as a witch, a shaman, a prophet, and a seer. She uses a concoction brewed from mushrooms and special herbs to induce a vision. In 917 people would have taken what those visions showed them very seriously.
Tilda starts to see things she doesn’t understand when she moves to the cottage. As the story goes on we see how she and Seren share some of the same gifts.

Is there any legend that you believe in?
You can’t live in Wales and not believe in legends, the place is riddled with them! The Welsh people have a strong tradition of story telling, and this has kept myths and legends alive for centuries. The stories have been passed down through generations. I used one as a basis for my Afanc in the lake. I think mythical water beasts could easily be founded on fact. The water is so deep and so cold, who knows what might live in the depths?

Where do you like to write your books ?
At a desk (well, a piece of board on top of two filing cabinets) under the stairs – very glamorous! Actually, I like working there. We have a wonderful summer house built on the pond in our garden, and I do go up there to work sometimes, but there are so many distractions. Hours pass with me watching the dragon flies, or gazing at the clouds over the distant mountains. I get more writing done when I have no window to look out of.

If you we’re not a author what job would love to do ?
I had loads of different jobs before I became a writer – stable girl, travel agent, PA, riding school manager, teacher of English as a foreign language, goat herd! – but I think, hope, I have found my thing now. I love my job. I am very lucky to be able to work at home, spending my time doing something creative, sharing my stories with readers around the world. And I love getting feedback from those readers too. The books have to be read to properly come to life, after all.
How do you spend your Christmas day ?
We’re pretty traditional about it in our house. There are stockings for the children at some uncivilised hour. I put on Christmas music. Then breakfast, probably with a brandy in our coffee, presents for the pet, and everyone gathers around the tree. After opening presents my partner prepares a fabulous Christmas dinner. We usually have other family members here to stay, and hope for snow, as the mountains are just wonderfully Christmassy then. After the meal we go out for a walk, or to play with new toys outside.
Later we sit in front of a movie and log fire and eat too much chocolate. It may not sound very exciting, but I can’t wait! And I always help the children choose me a couple of books I’m been hankering for!

What next for you ?
I’ve just finished writing the sequel to my first witch book, The Witch’s Daughter. It continues the story with the main characters, is called The Return of the Witch, and should be out next year.

thank you  Paula for helping me we this post


One response to “The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston and Q&A

  1. I’m always interested to read books based in places I know. Thanks for the recommendation.

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