Today Wild Women Authors welcomes author Dayana Knight and Hunter Colhen from Witch Familiar, one of the latest series published by the Wild Rose Press: Hauntings in the Garden. Welcome Dayana and Hunter.
Where are you from? Hell and back…ahh…it just feels like it sometimes. Name is Hunter Colhen and I am actually a hunter.
Please tell us something about Witch Familiar. I am chasing a monster. A sikqui, a demonic-like entity, who destroyed my family. I have been chasing the thing for more years than I’d like to admit… Then this sexy little witch gets in the middle and well you’ve probably guessed… The demon bastard goes after her.
That would be Brianna. What did you think the first time you saw her? I walked into the apothecary one day--your equivalent to a pharmacy—and there she was. Beautiful. Gathering herb plants, sunlight steaming through her blonde hair, deep in thought she was. No idea I was studying her. She bent to pick up a rosemary plant and I noticed a tasteful tattoo on the small of her back of a morning glory vine with a butterfly alight a flower and I…well let’s just say it got very hot.
Unh huh. And your second thought? I was gonna meet that girl.
Good one. Did you think it was love at first sight? I don’t know, but I felt drawn to her in a way I never felt for another female. I felt bound to her somehow…
What do you like most about Briana? She is so feminine yet so very powerful and strong.
How would you describe her? Sexy, warm and very powerful, yet I don’t think she realizes what a powerful witch she is.
Hunter was unexpectedly called upon to take on a secret mission so Dayana has graciously stepped in to complete the interview.
Dayana, what movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love paranormal stuff—vampires, shifters, ghosts, witches, etc. I also love crime suspense, but actually the books and movies are not what inspired me to sit down and write seriously. I’d written in some format or other for most of my life. The type of stories I pen are because they are the genres I love, however, my first book came out of a free writing class I’d taken long ago and the writing class was inspired by a great loss in my life—actually two—the deaths of my father and my Sheltie, Kazzy within months of one another. I had no other way to deal with the losses, so I began journaling then the most amazing thing happened, I began writing in earnest. My first novel, a crime suspense after which I moved on to paranormal. Oh I could go on and on…
What real thing/event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My interest in nature and nature religions. I have been studying paganism and other earth centered religions. It was fun impersonating a green witch—a sexy one.
Tell us about your publisher. I am multi-published with The Wild Rose Press.
How did you first hear about them? A peer author told me about them years ago That they were looking for vamp and shifter stories. Sooo…I submitted.
What influenced your decision to submit? I liked the way they worked. They don’t send form letters, they actually want to help authors along the way to publication even if they don’t take your manuscript.
Tell us about the submission process ie how long from date of query to date of release. Well this particular story, Witch Familiar, came about after a call-out for Halloween/Samhain type stories, perhaps the end of last year with a deadline of February for an outline/synopsis of the piece, then stories had to be complete and through the system by I think it was July, 2014. I never thought I was a write-on-demand type of girl but I proved I could do it. So that to me was worth everything.
What project[s] are you working on now? Several stories are on the grid for me including a reintroduction of my first novel (the crime suspense story I mentioned earlier) completely revised and reworked.
What's up next for you? I hope to do some more write-on-demand subjects but plan to complete things I have in the works which have definitely been collection quite a layer of dust and cobwebs.
To add a bit more enticement to buy this story, Dayana brought along a blurb for Witch Familiar:
Breanna McShae is a practicing green witch—harm to none, do as you will is the mantra she lives by. She must seek a familiar as her powers have reached peak and grounding does not pull enough of her magick back. After performing a ritual, asking the Goddess to provide her with her given familiar, she finds she has two animals vying for her attentions—a wolf and a raven. The catch is one of them is the love of life and the other devastating trouble—a sikkqui—a creature that can assume any shape and sucks the very essence of human spirit and soul out leaving none but death and destruction behind. The only way to destroy it is too perform a dark ritual, which is taboo for a green witch. Her biggest problem is to figure out which animal is the sikkqui and then go against her very nature to destroy it without destroying herself and the shifter who has captured her heart.