I love stories about witches in fiction and on the screen. But I’m inherently a pragmatist so the story has to be a cut above to win my interest and my book-buying dollars.
I also love weaving elements of witchcraft into my own fiction–which throws the editor side of my brain into overdrive. I’m my own toughest critic and there’s always a devil on my shoulder whispering, c’mon nobody’s gonna believe that!
The creator side of my brain needed to be inspired by some authors whose witchy stories have readers eagerly suspending disbelief, so I could study their techniques. Books are always the best teachers, aren’t they?
I crowd sourced some recommendations from the Twitter #WritingCommunity, and thought I’d share them with you.
If none of our favourites appeal, maybe you’ll find something on Book Riot’s list of 100 must-read books about witches.
Top 10 favourites (in no particular order)
- The Witching Hour by Anne Rice (fantastic, but we were largely meh on the sequels)
- Outlander & series by Diana Gabaldon
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
- Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
- Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
- The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
- Chocolat by Joanne Harris
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Do you have any favourites to add to our list?
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