I’m super pumped to have Julie Tibbott on Write All the Words today! She’s the author of MEMBERS ONLY: Secret Societies, Sects, and Cults Exposed! — a fantastic book about one of my favorite topics. You’re going to love what Julie has to say!
E. Kristin Anderson: What was the first spark of inspiration for your latest book?
Julie Tibbot: Cults and secret societies are of interest to many people. Everyone can relate to the desire to be part of a fellowship of like-minded individuals, and the idea of being privy to some hidden knowledge is also enticing. I can identify a few of the main strands of my own fascination with these groups.
As a young child, I was very into the idea of communal living—I’d make my dollhouse people live in communes. So, when I’d hear about cults and other groups where they often lived in such situations, my interest was piqued.
Later, I became fixated on subcultures, mostly “tribes” of cool people throughout the ages. Any group that had its own unique look, music, heroes, slang, cultural references—I wanted to know all about it. Of course, many cults and secret societies share these characteristics.