Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Character Interview: Thom Burroughs of 'Scarecrow on the Marsh'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Thom Burroughs from Don Weeks’s Scarecrow on the Marsh.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Thom.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I recently celebrated my fifty-second birthday. I’ve been working as Chief of Police in Sandwich, Massachusetts for over ten years now.

What would I love the most about you?

I don’t text and I don’t have an iphone. When I talk to people, they have my undivided attention. I can’t tell you how many times a day I end up repeating myself because the person I’m talking to is texting with someone else or watching something on the internet. It’s rude. I prefer the old days when people actually made eye contact and listened to one another.

Where do you go when you are angry?

There’s nothing like a brisk walk around the Sandwich marsh. It’s only a couple of minutes from my house on foot. I have to admit it’s a little weird for me now after the murder. Every time I pass the observation deck, I still picture that headless body. The image haunts me.

What is your greatest fear?

I’m afraid of not making a difference. Life is short and it’s important to establish some kind of legacy. That’s why I chose police work. In my opinion, there’s nothing more rewarding than keeping people safe. The terrorist threat here on the Cape last year—that was the scariest situation I’ve ever handled. But I’m not much of a story teller. You can read all about it in Weeks’s book.      

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Well, there were two authors actually. I think maybe the first guy had it right. I’m not so sure about the guy who stepped in later. But I’ll give him credit for trying.


What is your idea of a perfect day?

Spending it with my girlfriend, Abby. When my wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver twelve years ago, I shut down emotionally. I didn’t think I’d ever love again. But time is a great healer and Abby is one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met. It doesn’t matter where we go or what we do, we enjoy each other’s company. We worked together for seven years before actually noticing each other. She’s been through a lot herself and I guess neither of us was interested in pursuing a romantic relationship.   


Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

I have a hard time getting close to people. It’s a side effect of losing the people I loved most. Moving from Monterey, California to Cape Cod was the best decision I ever made. I’ve had a chance to reinvent myself here on the Cape. But it’s been a slow process. I have a very small circle of friends. I’m still a little skeptical about letting people in.   


Who is your best friend?

Paul McLeod. He owns the Laughing Gull Pub in Dennis. I’m very close with his wife and daughter too. They’re like family to me. Paul has a small yacht and, when the weather is nice, we go fishing. A lot of the stuff we catch ends up being served in his restaurant. The food is great there. I highly recommend it to anyone.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook?

Oh, yes. Good food is one of my passions. And I’m lucky to live on Cape Cod, where you can get fresh seafood year round. I like to try out new recipes at least once a week. I’ve thought about opening my own place, but I’d feel strange competing with my buddy Paul.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
Tell Abby I love her. That’s the one thing I’ve learned in life. When you love somebody, you need to tell them so. On any given day, you may never get another chance.

About the Author

For over thirty years, Don Weeks was among the most popular radio personalities in the Capital District region of New York State. He received a Marconi Award for radio excellence in 2005 and was inducted into to the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame four years later. He had just completed a rough draft of Scarecrow on the Marsh when he died of Merkle Cell Cancer in March of 2015. Author royalties from this project will be donated to the WGY Christmas Wish Campaign, which benefits a variety of charitable causes. Weeks worked tirelessly over the years to help raise money for the campaign.

Jonathan Weeks has published several books on the topic of baseball--four non-fiction projects and one novel. His latest work, a mystery-thriller entitled Scarecrow on the Marsh, is a posthumous collaboration with his father--former radio icon Don Weeks, who passed away in 2015. Weeks finished the book in fulfillment of a promise he made to his father before he died.  

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About the Book:

Title: Scarecrow on the Marsh: A Cape Cod Thriller
Author: Don Weeks
Publisher: All Things That Matter
Pages: 192
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

When the mutilated body of renowned cosmetic surgeon Randall Landry turns up at a secluded bayside marsh in the town of Sandwich, Police Chief Thom Burrough's life is turned upside down. While investigating the murder, he and Barnstable County coroner Abby Rhodes will uncover a plot more sinister than anything they could have imagined. On the outskirts of Chatham, a group of terrorists has assembled to unleash destruction on Cape Cod.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Character Interview: Enoch of 'Fair to Hope'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Enoch from Sam Reed’s Fair to Hope.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Enoch. How old are you and what do you do for a living?

Thanks for having me, I normally don’t do interviews, this should be fun. The age question is difficult, it’d probably be easier to answer based on how old I look, that’s probably something around what you would call 25 years old. I mostly keep secrets and twist wills for a living. It has its ups and downs.


Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

My eyes, the last person I, um…assisted (Velma is her name, sweet girl, stubborn, will probably never be ready for what’s coming but I did the best I could to help), well, she called them kaleidoscope eyes, which is probably the most accurate description. They tend to change colors. A lot.

What would I love the most about you?

I make a great breakfast, that’s something to love if you like to eat as much as I do. And I could out dance you, but you’d have one hell of a time while it’s happening, cause really, who doesn’t love dancing right? We all do it, even if you only do it alone in your bedroom, where no one else can see it, you do it, I know you do.

What would I hate the most about you?

The fact that knowing me would probably mean things weren’t going so well for you.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I’m assuming you mean the one in my kitchen and not the one in the Cleansing Room so…Jones soda in long neck bottles organized by color, left over pizza and thai takeout, Envy apples (the only apple I eat), maple syrup, butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (cause they taste better cold), marinated olives, bacon, and Pillsbury Grands Biscuits.


What is your most treasured possession?

My house. It’s a lot like me, one thing on the outside, completely different on the inside. It’s the only place where I feel most myself and I’ve spent a lot of time and energy to make that true. I’m proud of it. Even though I can probably count on one hand the number of people who’ve seen it…or would remember seeing it.


Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

She did alright, I guess about as well as could be expected. It’s not like I’m an easy guy to pin down, though she got my house pretty close to right, and that’s important to me. So brownie points there. Honestly, I think she could have used me more, I’m full of nothing but knowledge…but if I think about it long enough, she probably did what was right, it wasn’t my story she was telling. It’s just…I’m not used to being a sidekick. Maybe I’ll take it up with her later, she if she’d be willing to revisit some things, or create something new. I have tons of stories I could tell.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

My hands would be perfectly symmetrical, my left pinky finger is a hair shorter than my right pinky finger, and it drives me insane.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

I’m supposed to be a loner…the whole, “live on the outskirts…move in secret…don’t let people know who you are or what you do…” thing. But I’ve lived enough lifetimes to know life is way too boring that way. At the same time…I don’t really have friends. Velma might be a friend, if I ever see her again…but people, I do prefer to be around people. I like to be reminded of the fullness of the world, and why I do what I do.


If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

Relax, finally. It would be a relief to know that I could, that I’m more like you than I’ve ever let myself believe. And then I’d eat one hell of a breakfast.

About the Author


Sam Reed is a born and bred southern girl who grew up reading Toni Morrison, Archie Comics, Christopher Pike, Octavia Butler, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. When she’s not thinking of what to write, she is napping or eating, going to church, wishing she could sing, trying to perfect her Grandma’s biscuit recipe, watching A Different World reruns, sitting in the sun—or reading a book.

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About the Book:

Title: FAIR TO HOPE
Author: Sam Reed
Publisher: North Loop Books
Pages: 222
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Velma had lived two lives: her first as a former foster kid, and her second as an unlikely recruit into a secret order that satisfied her need for retribution. Her fifteen-year-old self had given up on hope, but after three years with the Taram, she’d found her life’s purpose.

That is, until she is surprisingly named Kachina, the fabled chosen empowered to fight the last battle for the fate of the world. Having to kill someone she loves was never part of the bargain, even if it means saving everyone else from damnation.

Building a normal life free from the pull of the Taram—seems like the only answer to her prayers. Except her best friend, the other Kachina, is coming. The legend is clear that one of them must die.

Velma will have to weigh the cost of her life against a world that’s constantly betrayed her and quite literally decide if she’ll be damned in dying, taking the whole world with her.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Character Interview: Ludwig van Beethoven of 'Beethoven in Love; Opus 139'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Ludwig van Beethoven from Howard Jay Smith’s novel, Beethoven in Love; Opus 139.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, ‘B.’ May we call you ‘B’ as your friends do? How old are you and what do you do for a living?

Odd you should ask.  I am fifty-six years old and only seconds from my death.  I am a musician and a composer.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

Those who know anything about my life, will recall that beginning at age 26 or so, I began to lose my hearing.  By the time I was in my mid-forties I was totally and utterly deaf. Nonetheless, when I was 54 I composed what is arguably the most single important piece of Western Classical music ever created, my Ninth Symphony which concludes with the ‘Ode to Joy.’

What would I love the most about you?

My passion for music, my passion for life, my passion for my Immortal Beloved.

What would I hate the most about you?

I do not suffer fools lightly. Go on.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Though in my novel I experience many things from the future, such as flashlights, hot air balloons and an astonishing magnificent Bosendofer Piano from 1906, I never had the luxury of owning a refrigerator.  Nor could I cook anything beyond my morning pot of coffee.  Every night in Vienna I would head out to a local pub and dine with friends.  Fresh fish was my favorite.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

Tell me why I, whose hearing once surpassed all others in sensitivity and degree must suffer such humiliation and torment? To be cast out by our Creator as history’s cruel joke, a deaf musician, a composer unable to know the vibrancy of his own scores.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Many biographers and now even moviemakers (whatever that is) have described my life.  Those idiots portray me as an angry misanthrope.  How can that be when every night I dine with friends who surround me with their love and affection?   Howard Jay Smith is the first one to even come close to getting me right.  And his son, Zak Smith’s portrait of me, captures my state of mind and persona better than anyone else in the past.

What is your idea of a perfect day?   

Oh for one day of Joy, to be in the embrace of my Immortal Beloved anon while listening to my Ninth Symphony.

Who is are your best friends? 

Steffan von Breuning, his older sister, Leonore von Breuning, and her husband, Franz Wegeler. But a better question to ask are who are all of the many women whom I loved?  And among all of them, which one is my Immortal Beloved?

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I am not going to die tomorrow, for today, March 26, 1827 at 5:00 pm, is when I will die.  Truly, in a matter of seconds I am going to emerge from this dream like journey to Elysium; my eyes will open, glassy unfocused.  I will look upward – only the gods know what I see, if anything.  I will raise my right hand, a hand that has graced a thousand sonatas and clench my fist for perhaps the last time.  My arm will tremble as if railing against the heavens.  Tears will flood my eyes…   Then, spent, my arm will fall back to the bed, my eyelids will close and I will be gone...  You had to ask?

And if you want to know what is in my head at this very instant, the very last seconds of my existence on this earth, read Howard Jay Smith’s novel, “Beethoven in Love; Opus 139.”  You will not be disappointed.  After all, what is a novel but a collection of lies that strive to tell a greater Truth? And that is just what Smith has done.

About the Author


Howard Jay Smith is an award-winning writer from Santa Barbara, California. BEETHOVEN IN LOVE; OPUS 139 is his third book. A former Washington, D.C. Commission for the Arts Fellow, & Bread Loaf Writers Conference Scholar, he taught for many years in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and has lectured nationally. His short stories, articles and photographs have appeared in the Washington Post, Horizon Magazine, the Journal of the Writers Guild of America, the Ojai Quarterly, and numerous literary and trade publications. While an executive at ABC Television, Embassy TV, and Academy Home Entertainment, he worked on numerous film, television, radio, and commercial projects. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Symphony - "The Best Small City Symphony in America" -  and is a member of the American Beethoven Society.

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About the Book:

Title: BEETHOVEN IN LOVE; OPUS 139
Author: Howard Jay Smith
Publisher: SYQ
Pages: 385
Genre: Literary Fiction/Biographical Fiction

At the moment of his death, Ludwig van Beethoven pleads with Providence to grant him a final wish—one day, just a single day of pure joy. But first he must confront the many failings in his life, so the great composer and exceedingly complex man begins an odyssey into the netherworld of his past life led by a spirit guide who certainly seems to be Napoleon, who died six years before. This ghost of the former emperor, whom the historical Beethoven both revered and despised, struggles to compel the composer to confront the ugliness as well as the beauty and accomplishments of his past. 
As Beethoven ultimately faces the realities of his just-ended life, we encounter the women who loved and inspired him. In their own voices, we discover their Beethoven—a lover with whom they savor the profound beauty and passion of his creations. And it’s in the arms of his beloveds that he comes to terms with the meaning of his life and experiences the moment of true joy he has always sought.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Character Interview: Maggie Harris of 'The To-Do List'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Maggie Harris from Sharon Struth’s, The To-Do List.  It is a pleasure to have Maggie with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Maggie.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

Thank you for having me. I’m thirty-seven the proud owner of Books, Beans and Beyond, a bookstore/cafĂ© located in the small waterfront town of Brockport, CT. My aunt passed away and left me her used bookstore, so it’s an honor to update the place the way my aunt had always wanted.


What would I love the most about you?

People say I’m a woman who always gets the job done! You know what helps with that? My lists. An easy way to stay on task.

What would I hate the most about you?

Well, I’m not sure most people would hate this, but I know it drives Cooper Stanton mad… He hates when I step on his toes, like trying to help him figure out who is behind the threats for me to leave town. Coop’s the detective in charge of my case and I’m not sure he’s really listening to my suggestions. So I tried to help out—clearly a touchy subject for him. But now that we are rekindling some of our old feelings for each other, he says I should trust him more. It’s just so hard to do sometimes, but I know he’s right…


What is your most treasured possession?

A locket. It’s the last gift my father ever gave me before he disappeared from town, leaving my mother and me behind. Now that I’ve returned to town, I hope to find out why he left us.


If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

Since my return to Brockport, I’ve been enjoying a few of the local eateries a little too much. There’s Frankie’s with it’s celebrity sandwiches like The Cool Hand Luke Egg Salad, and Sugar Coated Bakery for a morning sweet, and  Chi-Chi’s Chocolates, where I get a late afternoon pick-me-up. So maybe I’ve indulged in a little too much stress eating and I’m feeling it when I button my pants.

Who is your best friend?

Celeste Donovan is my best friend and always has my back. Heck, she even came with me when I tried to help Coop solve my case without him knowing. She specializes in the one-card tarot reading because it’s too hard to give readings with many cards, but nobody takes her too seriously. Then again, she may have been right when her card suggested there would be danger in my store…

About the Author

Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail.

The Hourglass (Etopia Press), her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards for Best First Book and winner of the Chatelaine Award For Romantic Fiction. Her follow-up release, Share the Moon (Kensington Publishing) is a Barnes & Noble Romance Bestseller and first in the Blue Moon Lake Novel series.

She writes from Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived along with her husband and dogs.

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About the Book:

Maggie Harris has her ultra-organized life well in hand, until she finds her neighbor and husband together, in her bed, and the tight hold she keeps on her world unravels, leaving her grasping for an escape. So how can she refuse when she’s handed the dream job of running her aunt’s bookstore and a chance for a fresh start? Even though the bookstore is in Brockport, Connecticut, her former hometown, and a place she’d vowed to leave behind forever.

When someone breaks into Maggie’s new business and leaves a threat on the wall, Detective Cooper Stanton is assigned the case. It’s been twenty years, but Coop hasn’t forgotten the way Maggie once charmed him at every turn—even with her controlling ways. This time, though, Coop refuses to let her seize the reins. What he doesn’t know is she plans to grab them anyway…and she’s got a secret she never shared.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Character Interview: Bee Maxell of 'Death at First Sight'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Bee Maxwell from Lena Gregory’s, Death at First Sight.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Bee.  How old are you and what do you do for a living? 

Thank you so much for having me. Well, I’d rather not say exactly how old I am, though I will say I’m still in my thirties, but I do love talking about my career. I am a fashion designer, and I own Dreamweaver Designs, a designer dress shop on Bay Island. I am currently gearing up for my annual fashion show, which I expect to sell out the theater again. Just between us, I’m expecting some very important buyers this year. This could be just what I need to catapult me into the big leagues. As long as everything goes perfectly.

What would I love the most about you? 

I am a very loyal friend. Unlike some people.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Though I don’t like to admit it, I can be a little moody.

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

I don’t actually know. I can’t remember the last time I opened my refrigerator. I eat most of my meals at the diner or the deli. I do know there’s a box of donuts on the counter. Just for emergencies, you know. They’re nothing like the donuts from Tony’s bakery, or even the deli, mind you, but they’ll do in a pinch if I get stressed and can’t get out.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My black Trans Am. That car is my pride and joy. At least, it is again now that I got rid of the…quirks Cass caused last time I took her to the cemetery.

What is your greatest fear? 

People finding out the truth about me.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Personally, I think she made me out to be a little bit more of a drama queen than I actually am. Just sayin’.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends? 

I’m more of a loner. While I do enjoy being around people, some of my deeper secrets make getting too close to people difficult.

Who is your best friend? 

Cass Donovan is my best friend. She owns Mystical Musings, a psychic shop down the boardwalk from my designer dress shop.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today? 

I would definitely find Cass and tell her to try to get in touch with me after I’m gone. Not that I believe in any of that mumbo-jumbo, but it’s still comforting to think I might still be able to talk to my best friend.

About the Author


Lena Gregory lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.

When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.

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About the Book:

Title: Death at First Sight
Author: Lena Gregory
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that something’s not right on Bay Island...
 
Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Bay Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Callahan’s future doesn’t bode well.

When Ellie’s mother, Marge, publicly confronts Cass about the reading, the embarrassment makes her want to curl up and die. And when she later stumbles across Marge’s body—and is a suspect in her murder—Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island’s rumor mill.

Cass is determined to prove her innocence and save Ellie from meeting the fate in her unfortunate vision. But even with the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie, Cass will have to channel some serious sleuthing instincts to find the real killer...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Character Interview: Alice of 'One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America's First Witch Hanging'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Alice (Alse) Young from Beth M Caruso’s, One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Alice Young. How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I am a mother and wife in my early thirties. I live in the town of Windsor, in the colony of Connecticut, as an herbalist, healer, and assistant to the town midwife. The year is 1647.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

 I am extremely petite and have been told that my eyes resemble deep blue pools.

What would I love the most about you?

I am devoted and loyal to those I love at all costs. I will sacrifice to protect them. I am also devoted to my work and my community as well as steadfast and skilled at my calling. I help those in need but only by the grace of God.

What would I hate the most about you?

Because I am so loyal and love my family so much, I am unable to distinguish at times where my own life begins and ends. I merge with them. I started out in life as very timid. I am still shy but have been forced to come out of my shell because of my calling. As a consequence of not always being able to speak up for myself (especially in my younger years), I find myself in an unfortunate circumstance that has sadly become more complicated over time.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I go to my herb garden and remember the many gifts that I have been given. I sit next to a calming plant like lavender. I crush the leaves and inhale their essence to help me quiet the anger or anxiousness inside me.


What is your greatest fear?

I fear separation from my family again. I am afraid that others will persecute me for my intuitive abilities and that those who love me will suffer as well. Townspeople have not accepted us fully into their community so I try to hide my psychic gifts. I fear that my secrets will expose me and the family members whom I love.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes. She sensed me. It took her a long time to arouse me from my deep shock but she saw what I saw. I showed her.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

My perfect day is having the time to go to my secret and magical place in the woods amongst the ferns, the grove of hemlock and pine trees, and the trueness of my heart.


Do you have children?

Yes, I have one child. She is named Alice after me as I was named after my own mother and she after her mother, a long line of Alices. It is tradition in my time.  However, my daughter is called by her nickname Alissa. Both mothers and fathers name male and female children after themselves.


What is your most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession is lace and ribbon. Beautiful broad lace and silver- lined thread from Bruges, a place between France and Holland. It was a gift from my dearly loved cousin that always reminded me to remember that I would reunite with my family in New England. However, fine embellishments in dress such as this, are forbidden by our godly ministers and so I’ve had to hide them.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I would show my daughter and my family just how much I love them, for deep down, I am wary. Rumors now circulate about me in the town of Windsor and the way people have started to look at me differently causes an uneasy feeling to stir within my being.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me today. It was a pleasure to be here at Pimp That Character.

About the Author


Beth M. Caruso grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent her childhood writing puppet shows and witches’ cookbooks. She became interested in French Literature and Hispanic Studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She later obtained Masters degrees in Nursing and Public Health.

Working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, she helped to improve the public health of local Karen hill tribes. She also had the privilege to care for hundreds of babies and their mothers as a labor and delivery nurse.

Largely influenced by an apprenticeship with herbalist and wildcrafter, Will Endres, in North Carolina, she surrounds herself with plants through gardening and native species conservation.
Her latest passion is to discover and convey important stories of women in American history. One of Windsor is her debut novel. She lives in New England with her awesome husband, amazing children, loyal puppy, and cuddly cats.

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About the Book:

Title: One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging
Author:  Beth M. Caruso
Publisher: Ladyslipper Press
Pages: 358
Genre:  Historical Fiction

Alice, a young woman prone to intuitive insights and loyalty to the only family she has ever known, leaves England for the rigid colony of the Massachusetts Bay in 1635 in hopes of reuniting with them again. Finally settling in Windsor, Connecticut, she encounters the rich American wilderness and its inhabitants, her own healing abilities, and the blinding fears of Puritan leaders which collide and set the stage for America’s first witch hanging, her own, on May 26, 1647.

This event and Alice’s ties to her beloved family are catalysts that influence Connecticut’s Governor John Winthrop Jr. to halt witchcraft hangings in much later years. Paradoxically, these same ties and the memory of the incidents that led to her accusation become a secret and destructive force behind Cotton Mather’s written commentary on the Salem witch trials of 1692, provoking further witchcraft hysteria in Massachusetts forty-five years after her death.

The author uses extensive historical research combined with literary inventions, to bring forth a shocking and passionate narrative theory explaining this tragic and important episode in American history.

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