1. Your new book is titled, The WItch's Broom;
it explores the creation of both general and specialty brooms, and also
includes tidbits of broom lore and personal stories from Witches in the
community. Why are brooms important to spellcraft and ritual?
Brooms have been associated with witches for
centuries, and they are a common, inexpensive, and easily accessible
tool—and yet many witches don't use them for magical work on a regular
basis. This may be because there just isn't a lot of information out
there on how to make them work for you, no matter what kind of practice
you have. Hopefully, The Witch's Broom will remedy that!
2. Wou are a prolific
writer, and many of your books (such as Everyday Witch A to Z
and Witchcraft on a Shoestring)
focus on being a Witch in a mundane, everyday world. From where do you
draw your ideas?
As you might guess from my titles, I get
most of my ideas from my own everyday life. More specifically, from the
issues I, or the women in my coven, run into as we try to live our best
possible lives as witches and human beings. Sometimes I get my ideas
from questions or requests for help from my readers, too. But much of
the core of my books—rituals, craft ideas, recipes and such—come from
my practice with my group, Blue Moon Circle, or my own personal
3. The WItch's Broom
features illustrations by Mickie Mueller and anecdotes from community
voices like Tess Whitehurst, Melanie Marquis, Michelle Skye, and Linda
Raedisch. How did these pieces of the book come together?
As far as Mickie Mueller goes, I think
she was suggested as a possibility to me and I responded with an
enthusiastic "YES PLEASE," because I love her work. In fact, we are
currently working on a Top Secret project together, spawned in part by
how excited I was to have her be a part of The Witch's Broom. As to
the other authors who contributed, I was working on the book and it
suddenly hit me that I knew all these amazing authors who had varying
experiences and points of view, and how cool it would be if my readers
could get a taste of how other witches and Pagans (besides me) used
broomstick magic. So I reached out to folks like Linda, Tess, Melanie,
and more, and thankfully, they loved the idea as much as I did. In
fact, I SO loved the way it all came together, I'm doing the same thing
in the book I'm working on now, Everyday
Witchcraft (a follow-up to my most popular book, The Goddess Is In the Details.)
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