Meet the Book!

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Now that I’m back to blogging after a loooong break, it seemed like a good time to talk a little bit more about my current WIP/s and what it’s all about. The Cauldron Born is my first completed novel. I’m currently working on the 4th draft/edit. I’m hoping to do one more pass after this and then hopefully it’ll be time to set it free into the world. I’m still umming and ahhing a little over whether to go down the traditional publishing or self-publishing route with it. I think I’ll have a go sending it out to agents and/or publishers to start with and see what kind of feedback I get.

As the blurb suggests, The Cauldron Born follows Cardinal Carrow, a young witch who gets dragged into a supernatural murder investigation after a body is found in an abandoned warehouse. Cardinal is initially reluctant to turn crime-fighter. She’s busy running her own business selling spells and potions and only took on the bounty work to make a bit of extra cash on the side. But now her fellow witches are being murdered and Cardinal cannot resist the mystery of why. Alongside experienced bounty hunter and token human, Jack, her two best friends, the wise and calm witch Sage and the flirtatious and fun-loving vampire, Raven, plus a little help from her gorgeous new neighbour, the former Viking vampire, Niklas, Cardinal begins to scratch at the surface of the brutal killings to uncover something inherently evil at their heart.

I was inspired to write The Cauldron Born through my own research into modern witchcraft and wanted to create a universe that combines real world witchcraft, folklore and myth in a fantasy setting.

A quirky book infused with sarcastic humour, steamy romance and steeped in mythology and magic, The Cauldron Born is an urban fantasy novel set in a parallel universe where witches, vampires, fey and shapeshifters live out in the open amongst humans.

I have plans to turn it into a four or five book series and have already started work on The Cauldron Born Book 2: The Dark Half.

I’ll be posting more about the world, characters and mythology of my book as well as many other weird and rambling topics so feel free to come along for the ride!

Blessed be x

Writing Update – Finished First Draft?!

Today I typed those two immortal words: The End. Wow. How scary is that? Of course it’s only the first draft and I still have a long editing process ahead of me, not to mention trying to figure out what the F to do with it then.But since this is literally the first piece of writing I have ever properly finished then it’s still a quite a major milestone.

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A little bit of back story here on me and my writing journey so far. Like a lot of people I have been a major bookworm for as long as I can remember. Largely encouraged by my dad, I always had, and still always have, a book on the go. We were by no means spoiled kids and weren’t really allowed toys and many new things except for birthdays and Christmas’s (where we usually had A LOT of presents) but one thing we were always allowed was books. I can also always remember having a big imagination. I can’t recall a time when I didn’t have whole worlds and characters living in my head. I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s as a kid with my older brother and two closest cousins and I’d always be the one making up stories for them before bed. And all the adults around me would often comment that I was bound to become an author when I grew up.

When I reached my early teens I started to write “properly”, helped along a lot when I got my very first laptop, though I do remember spending long hours and days hand writing on lined paper then typing it up on the family computer. I had a few different “books” and scripts and story ideas that I worked on over the years but the main one was an ambitious century-spanning vampire tale (this was around the time of Twilight so of course vampires where THE THING at the time, although I’d always been a fan. One of my first stories that I would tell my sibling and cousins was The Peanut Butter Vampire, but that, my friends, is quite literally another story.) I had some crazy, pages long outline for an eight book saga with about a million characters and time jumps and lord knows what. For some bizarre reason I was attempting to write all eight books at the same time, jumping between them as and when the mood struck.  So after years of this monumental endeavour I had mountains upon mountains of bits of writing from various disparate bits of the story but nothing anywhere close to completion. I don’t remember exactly at what point I gave up on it. Possibly when I finished school and started college and began to see the whole thing as childish and unachievable. I pretty much dismissed all those years of work as crap and abandoned it. Having re-read some of it years later I think this assessment was overly self-critical and a bit unfair. While it is undoubtedly juvenile and down right cringey in places I do feel like there was definite potential in there, some of it was almost good, in fact. But I didn’t see it that way at the time. I just got bogged down in the over-ambitiousness of it all. My juggernaut of a story had grown too big and smothered me under it’s weight.

Over my college years I noodled about with other bits of writing, starting various different books, stories and scripts and finishing nothing except a mediocre horror short that I wrote for my film studies course work. At this point writing got pretty much side-lined by the second love of my life: film. I had decided that instead of an author I would now be a film maker. So I stopped writing all together and got my first job as an intern at a film production company and a short film festival. I won’t go into all the in’s and out’s of that as that would be a total tangent but the point is years went by (I think roughly 3 or 4 years if you’re a stickler for detail) where I didn’t write at all. This lasted right up until I moved out of my mum’s house and into my first home with my boyfriend. I can’t remember exactly where or when the idea for “The Cauldron Born” began but at some point without my really being aware of it, the stories had returned to my head. All I can recall is that somewhere down the line this bad ass red-haired young witch started hanging out in my imagination. And she was funny and wild and flawed and I started to wonder, what does this girl get up to? What happens to her, how does she change, how does she grow? And so it began.

Now, fast forward almost a year and a half later and we’re back to those two immortal words: THE END. But it’s not the end, really. It’s only the beginning. It’s the begining of a whole new adventure and it’s exciting and terrifying in nearly equal measure. But whatever happens next, one thing is now true that wasn’t true yesterday: I wrote a book. A whole entire book of over three-hundred pages. And of that I am immensely proud.

The End.

“The Cauldron Born” Blurb

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The Cauldron Born is the début novel from urban fantasy author Bethany Smith. It follows the story of Cardinal Carrow, a young witch caught up in a world of supernatural politics and magical crime.

When the body of a witch is found in an abandoned warehouse black magic is the first thing on everyone’s mind. A sacrificial ritual or a demon summoning gone wrong. But when local witch-for-hire Cardinal Carrow is asked to investigate she senses much older, darker magic at play. Convinced the culprit is no mere witch, Cardinal sets out to discover who, or what, is killing her sisters in the craft. The clock is ticking and it is only a matter of time before it kills again…..

The Cauldron Born is the first in a four book series.

First chapter coming soon, watch this page for updates…..