#BadMoonRising The Wolf Witch by Anna Roberts #IndieAuthor #paranormal @AJRobertsWrites

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Welcome Anna Roberts to Bad Moon Rising!  Doesn’t this beautiful cover make you want to see what’s inside?

Beginning tomorrow, October 24th, The Wolf Witch will be FREE for a limited number of days.  Get your copy while you can!

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Unfinished family business and a promise of paradise bring Katrina survivor Blue Beaufort to the Florida Keys, but what she finds there is beyond anything she could have imagined. At first glance her new home is nothing more than a small town in a tourist trap, unremarkable save for some unruly neighborhood dogs and a strangely high incidence of red-green colorblindness. 

But then there’s the way the local boys tilt their heads when the wind blows a certain way, like they can smell trouble on the breeze, and while practical-minded diving instructor Gabe doesn’t seem the type to cling to superstition, he still won’t take the boat out when the moon is full. 

And then there’s Gloria, a willful seventysomething eccentric who for years has been den mother to packs of lost boys like Gabe, Joe and black sheep Charlie, but now presents them with the delicate problem of what to do with your elders when they start showing signs of dementia. Doubly difficult when Gloria – who even when healthy used to talk to people who weren’t there – shows signs of a miraculous recovery and drives all the way to Miami in her bedroom slippers. 

When Blue steps in to help out, she thinks she’s going to be cleaning house and serving Jell-O and pills to an old lady, but Gloria’s house is not like other houses. The light fitting keeps swinging, and old records keep skipping, and Gloria’s miracle cure seems to have woken something in the house, a whispering entity that seeps into Blue’s dreams and starts showing her things she’d rather not see. 

Like that cage in the basement. 

As Blue wades deeper into the strange world of the wolf witch and her boys, she soon comes to realise that what happens at the full moon is actually the least of everyone’s worries. ‘

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

No idea! I can’t remember. I was probably doing it before I could actually write; my sister says I use to continually make up stories using my Star Wars figures. I vaguely remember writing a thing when I was about seven, about a guinea pig named Gregory, and then that sort of rolled on from there throughout childhood into the usual kinds of things writers get up to in their teens. You know. Those things. The ones you ritually burn when you hit your twenties on account of the spasms of acute embarrassment they’ll cause you as an adult.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?

 Esme Weatherwax. No, wait – Gytha Ogg. She’s probably a better drinking companion, right? Or would she just leave me under the table and wait for the cat to steal my wallet? I tend to gravitate to some disreputable favourite characters. I love Yossarian from Catch-22 or Alex from A Clockwork Orange but I would never want to go drinking with either of them. I think the Abbe Faria from The Count of Monte Cristo would be a fabulous drinking companion; he could tell some stories, I’m sure.

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

 Slugs. I have no problem with spiders or snakes, but slugs just freak me out on a visceral level. You remember the London Olympics? Those two weeks of gorgeous weather were the whole summer; the rest of the time it rained so thoroughly that the slug population exploded. They ate everything in my garden and turned the deck into a slithering Lovecraftian slime pit.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie.

Richard III. He’s both villain and tragic hero, and maybe even better at it than Macbeth. I get a bit annoyed when people accuse Shakespeare of writing Tudor propaganda, because propaganda is crude and heavy handed and I think the term does a great disservice to what I think is Shakespeare’s greatest and most effective tragedy. You have this man who sets out his stall as a villain in the very first soliloquy, and you should be booing, but you’re not, because as Richard moves around the court you see him variously described as a toad and a spider and a half-formed thing, not least by his own mother. Plus a lot of his victims are not the greatest people either – King Edward is shallow and venal, the Woodvilles are power hungry and haughty and Clarence is a drunk. Richard literally drowns his brother in a butt of wine; there’s a real black comedy relish to it at times.

It’s only when Richard – like Macbeth – crosses the moral Rubicon of killing children that we’re drawn into that inevitable last act of the tragic hero/villain; at this point he’s a mad dog that we want to see put down. It’s a masterclass in creating sympathy for the devil and I can understand why it’s one of the most sought after roles in theatre. It may have been written to legitimise the claims of a Tudor monarch, but I always felt that Shakespeare had too much sympathy with his Richard for it to be accurately described as a hatchet job. This is a playwright, after all, a man whose bread and butter was filling theatre seats. I think he knew in his bones that he’d be playing to half empty houses if he didn’t make the bad guy human enough for audiences to relate to on some level.

What’s the hardest part of writing?

 Writing. Almost everyone talks about writing a book at some point. Starting it, sticking to it, finishing it – those are the hard parts, in order of difficulty.

 What are you working on now?

A novella set in the world of the Keys Trilogy, a werewolf horror published just this summer. I was going to take a break from horror and write the fluffiest, flossiest pinkest romance imaginable, something where I wouldn’t have to think about the sound that skull fragments might make when they bounce off of kitchen cabinets. But I lasted about 30,000 words into that before I went straight back to writing about werewolves and heroin. I think I may have a problem.

 Author bio

After doing the usual round of jobs that authors do to sound interesting in these biographies (bar towel, tin shaker, door stop, sheep wrangler etc) Anna Roberts was pronounced largely unemployable and now lives behind a series of electronic devices somewhere in an undisclosed location.

Her fascination with the paranormal and the probably-not-that-supernatural stems from childhood, when she would sit far too close to the television whenever Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World was on.

Where to find Anna

Blog https://annajroberts.wordpress.com/

Twitter @ajrobertswrites

Buy link

Amazon

Beginning tomorrow, October 24th, The Wolf Witch will be FREE for a limited number of days.  Get your copy while you can!

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