Just the other day I finished writing the third novel featuring my paranormal P.I. Jonathan Alvey (you know, the one that is the protagonist in my short story in this Anthology with all the great reviews). And – as I informed you – I started edits on the second novel.
I had hopes of getting a short story written while I was doing the edits but I didn’t expect to get the idea for one only a couple days after I started editing. What I really didn’t expect was to get the idea for the fourth novel at the same time!
But such is the life of a writer. What am I going to do about it? Well, luckily I have a good amount of time in my day so I can write the short, edit the novel, and do the necessary research to start the novel.
Both the short and the new novel are about witches, the short actually ties into the novel. I have wanted to write about witches in Alvey’s world since I started the first novel – but the occasion never came up. Now it has in spades.
But witches work in a different way than other magic in my novels and I have to pinpoint down just what some of those differences are. The line I have to start with is from the first novel – the first time I wanted to go exploring this facet of my reality – and it is that witches use ‘the four natural elements and the three unnatural’. It’s a great line but what does it mean? I honestly had no clue.
Now, I am getting closer to it, but it means doing some research. I started at the phrase – bell, book and candle. The phrase is from around the 9th century Roman Catholic church, and it is a ritual for excommunication. Three things – three unnatural elements…
But it didn’t really click – not fully.
So I went further back – much further.
And I started looking at witches and witchcraft in Mesopotamian times. Ah the fun.
You see I had pictured witches as a natural order of magic, innate power to those born with it. I saw my practitioners of the esoteric arts as also needing to have the talent but theirs was a magic harnessed by word – spells. In the end more powerful because of the shear mass of spells to call on but not really natural. In fact, to use energy to fuel a spell a practitioner in my world draws on something from beyond – something which transforms and takes over little by little.
Practitioners, as I saw it, grew from the written word to gain their power and had an animosity towards witches. One was for the building of cities, society, structure and gods. While the other, witches, wanted to keep the earth green, mankind living in harmony with nature, and myths vague. I’m not talking ‘tree huggers’ per say, but more along the lines of Native North Americans. Live in nature, respect natural, move with it – not control it.
Research into Mesopotamian culture and witchcraft actually shows this progression of power for the ‘priest’ through writing and building of large, set societies, and the ‘demonetization’ of the witch’s powers by the same …. just as I had imagined it. Just as I had it formed in my written world.
Reality meet Fantasy – Fantasy, this is Reality.
Oh – and did you know what Jonathan’s father was? Yup – A priest.