Interview with Anna B. Madrise

Where did you get the idea for the Tales of Dovewood Series?
I have always enjoyed old wives’ tales and folklore. You can find mention of Hobgoblins in old English and Irish folktales. They are usually described as little men who help out around the house when humans would go to sleep at night. I wanted to play with that idea and build a rich story-line and history about these unique creatures before they became household companions.
What traits and other tidbits do you share with your main character?
Mundane Bergamot is a Kitchen Witch, which is a type of witch that’s specialty is earth magic. The use of earth magic is centered on cooking and gardening. These are two hobbies that are near and dear to my heart. She also has a bit of wanderlust and has a taste for adventure, which appeals to the free spirit woman inside of me.
Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real life experiences?
I have many memories of spending time in the kitchen with my mom, sharing stories and laughing, all while something wonderful was simmering away on the stove. I wanted to bring some of those moments to life through Mundane’s relationship with her Aunt Dovie. Also, I spent some time learning about the ways of the red road from a Native American Shaman. The spirituality around shape-shifting is something that I wanted to share with others through the eyes of the Hobgoblins as well as the main character, Mundane.
Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspired your book?
Robert Frost and Ray Bradbury are the first two authors that come to mind. As you read the Tales Of Dovewood series, you will see the nod to Robert Frost in my style of poetry and prose that is unique to the Hobgoblins. I have always admired Ray Bradbury and his book, Something Wicked This Way Comes. His take on good and evil is something that has always stuck with me to this day.
What made you decide to self-publish?
The number of indie authors is growing with each passing year. There are so many tools and resources available today to allow an author to get their work out to the public to be reviewed and read faster than what a traditional publishing house can offer. Also, I like having the control over the book’s timeline for press releases, social media announcements, and events. Because I have another career in addition to being an author, I can tailor how and when I publish to fit my busy schedule.
Published 2016-06-08.
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