Today for my 7 Questions +1 feature, we have Katie Schickel, debut author of HOUSEWITCH, a new novel from Tor/Forge. I’m pumped to hear what she has to say about her writing process, hypothetical shenanigans, and perhaps some practical housewitchery.
E. Kristin Anderson: What was the first spark of inspiration for your latest book?
Katie Schickel: My husband and I had just bought a circa-1803 house that needed an overhaul (it was still plumbed for gas lights inside). We were renting a place on a barrier island nearby when I got the idea for the backstory in HOUSEWITCH. Every day, I’d push my stroller down the sandy road, past a little shingled shop called the Plum Island Soap Company. Inside, three women made and cut hand-crafted soap. Dried herbs hung from the ceiling of the small shop and breezes blew through the open windows. It reminded me of a scene from pioneer days when women made soap from lard and ashes. I couldn’t get the image out of my head. In my imagination, I added a few macabre details, like “What if the lard came from a human being?” I wrote the scene, filed it away, then a year later dusted it off and made it into chapter one of HOUSEWITCH.~ read more ~