My literary agent had been a model in the early 1970s. She was dark haired, tall and willowy like an English Cher. The metaphor strengthens with Julie Castiglia’s sharp English accent, contrast of black hair, green eyes, and paper-thin skin and her infamous curt communication. Julie used words like scissors and would assign her brutal … Continue reading A Tribute to my Literary Champion: Julie Castiglia
As we stood on the steps of my AirBnB in Berkeley, my hostess Yvonne told me she was heading to a story slam. She’d been working on an essay for weeks and would probably tell the story of a cad she once loved if her name was picked. A bright ascot stylishly tied at her … Continue reading Take a Ride on a Witch’s Broom
Behind the scenes of a Witch’s Broomstick ride... Symbols, messages and visits from the Other Side happen with startling yet inescapable irregularity for a Witch on a book tour. This feeling of riding a mysterious wave of Magick is like being blindfolded on a roller coaster. I must practice mindfulness with the Four Directions and … Continue reading Are You a Trained Witch?
To publish a book is to look inside your heart, describe what you see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and know, then share that with the world. Signing The Book of Spells for Kimmy Tejasindhu, my editor at Ten Speed Press who came out to my book launch party at Copperfield Books with designer, Sara Weitzman. … Continue reading Vulnerability of the Heart
My first book, The Wicca Cookbook, was released on September 27, 2000. It is the most incredible feeling to hold a book that you grew inside the cauldron of your soul and spirit. I wrote eight books from 1999-2009 and then took a decade off of writing books to raise my beautiful sons. And now, … Continue reading The Book of Spells is on Sale!
Ten years after I awoke to the Divine Feminine within, I came out of the Broom Closet with The Wicca Cookbook: Recipes, Ritual and Lore (2000). Effervescent as my light will always be, I was like a butterfly flitting into the darkness with the belief that my good intentions would keep harm away. That was … Continue reading A Witch Herstory
It began with Walmart. At least for me. When Walmart grew in strength, size, and influence, I began to understand the negative impact of convenience on a community's health and heart. My kids were in Waldorf School by then. Parents, teachers and children banded together to create festivals in honor of nature's changing seasons, and … Continue reading Us Little Folks Try Harder
One of the greatest, most amazing gifts of being an author is that teens write me heartfelt "letters" seeking advise and help. These aren't your ordinary teens - they are young adults willing to risk isolation and persecution from friends and family because they believe in something so beautiful and powerful that it scares others. … Continue reading Dancing on Rainbows