So what do I mean by ‘the filters are off’. Well, Tabitha’s characters are real, they think and speak like real people. There’s none of the sanitisation that occurs for many books, but then again, there’s none of the gratuity that’s there simply for shock value. The f-bomb isn’t dropped every third word, but ‘the dark witch’ isn’t adverse to swearing. She speaks like an ordinary person, who any of us might have met… in a dark alley, with an obsidian blade that she’s ready to shove between your ribs.
So let’s begin the interview:
Me: Tabitha, tell us a little about your book.
Tabitha: Well it’s an urban fantasy about Amura, the dark witch. She’s falling behind in her evil doing, due to funding cuts related to the recession. Her pestilence research has fallen behind, to the extent that she may end up as the coven’s sacrifice at Summer Solstice. However, fate takes a hand, a fatal STD of one her classmates is a bit more than suspicious, it turns out that there is a much greater threat, and that if Amura is to survive she may actually have to save the world on the way. It all unravels from there.
Me: I get the impression that there’s a bit of tongue in cheek with this story, am I wrong?
Tabitha: Ahhh, no comment.
Me: I notice that Amura has an unusual love interest.
Tabitha: Ummm, well yes, there is an angel that’s used for sex. It’s a complicated relationship, but if her coven sisters ever find out, she’ll be for the knife.
Me: Could there be little angels on the way?
Tabitha: No comment.
Me: Does Amura swear too much?
Tabitha: No more than I do, but I have a British background, so I’m not sure how North Americans will take what I consider normal. I understand that they don’t really like swearing in their books, they prefer sex and violence. I may have fallen short on those too.
Me: Do you really believe that?
Tabitha: As a generality, yes. But individuals are a very different kettle of fish, individuals are all over the place, so you can generalise with populations, but not with individuals.
Me: So why did you write this anyway? Is there a grand moral?
Tabitha: Ummh, because I wanted to, and no, there is no grand moral.
Me: Is Amura bi? There seemed to be some indication of that in the book.
Tabitha: Ha, I’ll leave that to the reader’s imagination.
Me: Will there be a sequel?
Tabitha: Holy crap, the pressure of a sequel… I may be 50% of the way through writing a sequel. It might be called ‘The Dark Witch – and the Ruby Slippers’. There are probably lots of twists and turns, and actually, I think the first chapter or two of the ‘Dark Witch’ is a bit slow. That’s not the case here, we’re right into it from the start. Right now I’m writing about a war between the covens, and there are surface to air missiles involved. Plus, there is ambiguity about the fatherhood of the child that Amura may or may not be having.
Me: You’re having a lot of fun with this series, aren’t you?
Tabitha: Well… yeah. The world can be a shitty place, I like my shite with a touch of humour.
Me: Final question, do you really live in a witch’s liar?
Tabitha: No comment… ahh, but, maybe.
Oh, and Tabitha's book is only available on Amazon as an ebook at the moment. See the link here for the US, site, https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Witch-Tabitha-Scott-ebook/dp/B01N53KQP5/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 though for the other countries just search for 'Tabitha Scott'.