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Barb DeLong Author Interview

The Witch Whisperer follows a young witch with glitchy magic who seeks the assistance of a reclusive magic fixer to help her fix her magic before it is too late. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

The title came to me before anything else from re-watching The Horse Whisperer. I had started writing paranormal stories, witches in particular, and I did a “what if.” What if there was a witch who specializes in fixing broken magic? He has become legendary. From there, I developed the character of Willow, the perfectionist witch with broken magic. Aside from needing her magic fixed for personal reasons, she wants to avoid incarceration in her secret witch society’s dreaded Haven.    

Willow and Ravenwood want nothing to do with each other from the start but realize they need each other. What was the inspiration for the relationship that developed between the characters?

The inspiration came from my love of stories where the seeming opposite main characters must work at having a romantic relationship (even as they deny they want one) and work together to resolve the issue at hand. Nothing can come easily. 

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

Willow’s issue is her driving need to be perfect at all costs. She feels like a failure, and when her magic becomes glitchy, deeply flawed. The theme of accepting yourself for who you are and accepting that you are loved for who you are, runs throughout the book. 

Never Ravenwood, the reclusive Witch Whisperer, prefers his solitary life, needing no one, so he thinks. He carries a guilt so heavy that living without love seems an apt penance. Working through a crippling guilt to achieve a normal life is also a running theme in the book. Sacrifices are made by both characters.  

Can you tell us more about where the story and characters go after book one?

Book two, The Keeper’s Code, picks up a secondary character from The Witch Whisperer—Ash Hunter. He’s a Keeper with the Bureau of Witchery charged with keeping the world-wide society of witches a secret, an ever-more difficult task in this modern world of cameras everywhere and social media. That secret is the over-arching conflict in the planned three-book series, although each book can stand alone. The Keeper’s Code begins a year and a half after the end of The Witch Whisperer and finds Ash paired with a beautiful investigative journalist (a Reg, or a person with no magic—think Muggle). She is determined to find proof of people with supernatural abilities and win the Pulitzer with her story. Ash is out to stop her, but so is a killer witch. The Keeper’s Code is very much a work in progress.

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Perfectionist witch Willow Gladstone will go to any lengths to improve her weak and glitchy magic in order to avoid incarceration in the secret witch society’s Haven. She doesn’t bargain for a rehab residency with the one person she’d like to avoid—the exasperating, but sexy, on-line magic fixer The Witch Whisperer.

Reclusive Never Ravenwood, aka The Witch Whisperer, hates relationships. Content to live out his lengthy sentence for past misdeeds alone on a secluded estate, he doesn’t welcome the distracting intrusion of beautiful Willow. Finding a cure for Willow’s broken magic takes them on extraordinary journeys through a portal to another realm full of danger, friends and foe. What will they sacrifice for life and love?

The Witch Whisperer

The Witch Whisperer by Barb DeLong is a fun and exciting adventure-filled story following a young witch, Willow Gladstone, on her journey to harness control of her powers. Willow Gladstone’s magic has not been very kind to her. From random broken dishes to causing physical harm, she’s more than convinced that her magic is broken. To avoid being banished and sent to the Haven, Willow seeks the help of Never Ravenwood, the sexy yet frustrating Witch Whisperer who isn’t too fond of her either. To find a cure for Willow’s magic, the two characters must traverse realms, which take them through one adventure after another while they figure out if they genuinely hate each other or develop a mutual connection.

Both Willow and her companion are desperate for a solution, and despite their differences, they must find a way to put aside their dislike to achieve their personal goals. Between a desperate girl who needs to fix her magic and a brooding, bitter man who wants nothing more to do with her than advance his own goals. I enjoyed how both characters were written, their development, and how well the author portrayed their points of view. Seeing their relationships unravel and the lively, intense dialogue was thrilling.

The Witch Whisperer by Barb DeLong is a truly enjoyable read with many twists and turns. I enjoyed the awkward, entertaining dialogue and personable traits that most readers can relate to. It’s a well-written book that’s witty and fun.

ASIN B0BKYGTGR6 | Pages: 316

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