I’m delighted to be able to say that I’ve had a horror novella, The Torridon Witches, accepted. As usual, I’ll refrain from naming the publisher until contracts are signed, just in case anything goes wrong. It’s a publisher I’ve enjoyed working with before though, so I’ve no reason to expect problems.
The Torridon Witches is a story set in the Torridon region of remote modern Scotland, against the backdrop of seventeenth century witch trials and burnings. It tells the tale of four friends who go backpacking in the area and get caught up in witchcraft.
The idea came to me in holiday in western Scotland a couple of years ago. The place is stunningly beautiful and rugged, and I decided I wanted to write a story set there.
On the same holiday I bought a paperback about Scottish witch trials, and that book gave me the germ of an idea which eventually became The Torridon Witches.
Although the story is set in the present day, I had to do quite a bit of research into historical witches and witch trials. It’s not something I’m an expert in, but as my background is in history I enjoyed the research as much as the writing.
I am grateful to Phil who, as always, read my first draft and provided invaluable comment and advice.