An interview with the author of
BURN THE WITCH
Who is the protagonist; their background? What makes them them?
The protagonist is a witch named Sanika. Well, there are only two people allowed to call her that – King Julian and Wawel’s Dragon. Her real name is Sara Veronika Sokolska. She is Polania’s First Witch.
Being a witch, she doesn’t cast spells, she uses forces of nature as her strength (hers is wind. The stronger the wind, the more power Sara has). Sara’s magic displays itself as blue electric sparks from her hands and fingers.
Even though she doesn’t have diploma in magic, nobody respects her. She doesn’t dress like a First should and prefers torn jeans, t-shirts, and heavy and black makeup. And she is perfect for the job, because unlike some of her predecessors, she is not a good witch. In fact, she doesn’t hesitate to make deals with the devil himself, or to even trick him to gain what she wants.
Love is another issue, because people gossip about her supposed relationship with the king (there is nothing there).
What are Sara’s likes/dislikes?
She collects fairy tales, especially the forbidden, because she claims they are true. She hates pomp and parade.
Pressuring her into anything would just make situation worse. Especially if she has to dress up – that’s a definite no-no. She skips the king’s birthday ball, so she wouldn’t have to wear a gown.
What are her main goal in life?
Sara’s main goal is to live her life as productively as she can, by doing her job – protecting the king, the country, the city, killing monsters.
How does she see herself?
Sara sees herself exactly as she is – a scared witch, who puts on a brave face for everyone’s good and goes through life one day at a time. She knows exactly that sometimes she steps on people’s toes, and she expects to be chewed out, but she doesn’t care.
How do other characters see her?
King Julian has nothing but respect for her, and follows her every advice, sometimes he tries to argue his side, but never wins. Sometimes he tries to be assertive, and tells Sara off, which doesn’t end well either.
Christian is a magus, who annoys her, but of all Magic people, he seems to respect her most, and be least mocking.
Others in the kingdom can’t stand her because of her lack of education, but then they don’t know she is magic itself.
What would be Sara’s biggest wish/desire?
Sara’s biggest wish probably would be peaceful existence, where she wasn’t anyone’s pawn. She was more or less tricked into being First, and while she likes it, there are times when she wishes she didn’t have to do it.
What would Sara change about herself if she could wave her magic wand?
Sara probably wouldn’t change much apart from not owing people for her life, and she’d like to change some aspects of her past – not to lose her family in fire for instance. A wand isn’t something Sara would have to touch, as she is magic, and takes her power from nature (witches take power from nature, enchantresses cast spells etc).
There’s an elderly person and a young child each on a separate cliff top, each are going to fall/jump. How would Sara respond?
Sara would try to save both. But if she had to make a choice, she would probably go for the logical thing and save the child, because it still has life ahead of them, while the older person is nearly done. Having said that, because Sara doesn’t care about rules, she probably would knock one of them out with a power force or something, save the other, and come back for the unconscious one. Then she’s yell at them for being stupid and putting themselves in danger!
She’s in a lift with her favourite TV movie star, how would she react?
Sara doesn’t watch much TV, but she does watch modern magic duel shows. She’s probably wouldn’t say anything, just act indifferent, or, if the character made mistakes in the show, in the magic category, she’d mock and tell them how things should be performed. She’s not a know-it-all, but she doesn’t like when people mess up.
Is she happy now her story has been told? Is there more to come?
While there is more to come, I don’t think Sara is fully happy. She finds safety in remaining inconspicuous, though maybe it would be good for her to gain some respect if people knew who she really was.
Sara serves as Polania’s First Witch in the city of Krakow and is as wild and unbridled as the magic she wields, unfortunately she is responsible for the security of the state and its residents.
Magic Lodge would like to see someone who’s obliging and easy to handle as First Witch, but when Krakow comes under attack and the guardians of the capital are destroyed will Sara be able to prove herself?
Is her magic strong enough?
More importantly, is she strong enough?
Read BURN THE WITCH to find out!