The initial inspiration behind The Apprentice Witch series was a memory from my teens – being told I would fail at something before I had even attempted it. I grew up surrounded by stories and legends about witches and this clearly had more of an impact than I thought, because when I set out to write the main character appeared as a young witch. But not the scary Halloween-type witches, but a helpful witch.
Arianwyn is 15 and struggling to overcome her initial confidence knock alongside her determination to succeed as a witch and follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. She also faces a host of magical and non-magical problems, including vicious rivals, local politicians and pesky snotlings.
Some of the initial story was written and inspired by locations in Yorkshire and other things, such as phrases and traditions, have also woven their way in despite the setting being a fantasy landscape.
The stories are about lots of things, including the ups and downs of friendships, bullying and dealing with a lack of confidence.
Questions for Readers
Why do you think Arianwyn makes such a good friend?
Do you think there are any truly evil characters in the book? Who and why?
Which location in the book would you most like to visit and why?
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