I was born and brought up in Sussex on the south coast of England, and I spent most of my childhood in the town of Lewes; a small town with a long history.
At university I studied English Language and Literature at the University of Manchester, and the course included Old English and Middle English texts. While I was researching A Witch in Winter I found myself returning to them, in particular to Beowulf and Le Morte D’Arthur. Seeds from these mixed with ancient Mesopotamian demons, Voodoo spells, Tudor superstitions and 15th century witch-hunting guides to create the Winter Trilogy.
Now I live in North London in a house full of boys, and I work as a publicist in the day, and a writer by night. A Witch in Winter is my first book.
I'm really excited to welcome Ruth Warburton to Chocolate Chunky Munkie. Ruth is author of A Witch In Winter and more recently A Witch In Love. Thank you Ruth for taking time to answer my questions :D
1. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Shakespeare. I think he'd be a riot, probably very funny and charming. And I could ask him all sorts of questions that have plagued scholars for ages, like the identity of the Dark Lady and why he left his wife his second-best bed. I also think he would be fascinated by modern life and very good on twitter.
2. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I'm pretty happy here. I love Paris, but I miss speaking English too much to live abroad forever.
3. If you could travel back in time to a certain event in history, what would it be?
I'm guessing I wouldn't be allowed to affect the outcome? In theory it would be fascinating to go back to something like the shooting of JFK and find out the truth, but I think in reality I couldn't deal with the horror of standing there waiting for a murder to happen, and not being allowed to do anything about it. I think I'd rather go back to something happier - like VE day in 1945. It would be amazing to stand in the crowd in Parliament Square and listen to Churchill's speech and hear and see the reaction of the people.
4. Favourite fictional character?
Really too hard to pick because I love so many! But today I'm going to say Anne of Green Gables. Just because.
5. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. With whom would it be?
I'd quite like to be Hermione Granger in the first week at Hogwarts. I always wanted to go to boarding school and I think Hogwarts would be the ideal one - boarding school with added magic, and good food.
6. What is the last book you read?
A London Girl of the 1880s by M V Hughes.
About The Books:
A Witch In Winter - Book #1
Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.
Although a perfect fit for the paranormal romance genre, A WITCH IN WINTER avoids fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads, and tells the heart-wrenching story of a couple meant to be together, but being forced apart. Seth is utterly irresistible and Anna is an empowered, proactive young woman with unimaginable magic inside her. This is fast-paced, sensuous writing with believable incantations inspired by Warburton's research into witchcraft legend and old English.
A Witch In Love - Book #2
Anna still finds it hard to believe that Seth loves her and has vowed to suppress her powers, no matter what.
But magic – like love – is uncontrollable. It spills out with terrible consequences, and soon, Anna is being hunted
The second novel in the Winter trilogy is due out 5th July 2012 from Hodder Children’s Books.
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