Light and Dark, Good and Bad

Sonja F. Blanco Author Interview

Witch of Ware Woods, follows an 18-year-old girl whose magical powers can no longer be hidden, seeking refuge in magical woods she must learn to control her powers. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Witch of Ware Woods is strongly inspired by the forest behind my grandparent’s house in Massachusetts. As a child, I spent a lot of time in that forest and found it to be magical.

Another big inspiration for this series is my ancestor, Mary, who was hung as a witch in 1720 at the young age of seventeen. I felt compelled to help her – to somehow change her outcome. I wondered if instead of being persecuted she had found refuge in the forest. Witch of Ware Woods is how I envisioned a better life for her.

Sarah is used to being alone but wants desperately to belong and have a sense of family. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I think Sara’s struggles are very relatable in that we all battle self-doubt while striving for acceptance and love. And to achieve this, we must first accept and love ourselves, faults and all, which is no easy task. While Sara faces many external tests and challenges, it is her inner development that is most important.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

One of my favorite themes is the play between light and dark, good and bad, and all the glorious shades of grey that drive characters. I think this tension lives in all of us to a certain degree and books that explore this are a way for readers to experience the triumphs and failures of certain decisions—to go on an adventure with the characters—from the comfortable distance of a cozy couch. This multifaceted theme plays heavily in Witch of Ware Woods.

Supporting themes include the power of choice and believing in yourself; the importance of family and friends; the wonder of magic and nature and the striking connection between the two.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Death and Dragons is the next book in the Witch of Ware Woods series and will be available in February 2023. I’m very excited to share this next installment where Sara has a crash course in how to be a High Witch and is tested by new allies and enemies alike.

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Dark secrets. Dangerous power. And a fate bound to a forest entwined with magic.
Eighteen-year-old Sara is not normal, and she’s losing her grip on hiding her inexplicable power. Hunted by a dark witch and facing devastating losses, Sara finds refuge in Ware Woods—a spellbinding forest protected by witches, shapeshifters . . . and thorny secrets. Here she discovers true magic and an electric connection with Thomas, a wickedly charming and equally headstrong witch from a dangerous family.
But Sara is an outsider who has brought darkness and a fatal prophecy to the forest. To prove she belongs in Ware Woods, Sara is tested and pushed to master new magics, all while concealing the monstrous force that makes her undeniably different.
As the dark witch closes in on her and an insidious blight threatens Ware Woods, Sara must release her full power—and either save the forest and everyone she loves or destroy everything.
Witch of Ware Woods is a contemporary fantasy escape filled with fast-paced wonder, fierce characters, deadly magic, forbidden romance, and a world so fresh you can smell the pine trees.

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