Interview with Olivia Hardy Ray, Author of Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau

15 Oct 2019

What can you tell us about your new release, Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau?

The character of the Black Witch just came to me. I’m not sure where I found her in my mind, but I ended Book One with a message from the Black Witch to Annabel that she had Michele in her cage. She obviously wanted to lure Annabel to her, and it works, of course. The personality of The Black Witch is haughty and strong, but I think she’s appealing. She’s not all on one level. I think readers will find the book amusing and adventurous.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired by the books I read when I was younger, books like the Bronte’s wrote, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, etc.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Invention of Wings, Idaho, All He Ever Wanted and The Gold Coast.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

William, did you really write all those wonderful plays? How ‘bout the sonnets?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Letting my imagination wander and creating characters.

What is a typical day like for you?

My days are spent at home where I work a day job and write my novels on holidays and Sundays. It’s cool.

What scene in Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the opening because it establishes who Geneviève is.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Try and be kind, open and committed every day of your life.

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