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March 17th, 2015 by Joel Watts

Interview with @JoshuaTKent, author of “The Witch at Sparrow Creek”

Full disclosure. I know Josh. He is an awesome guy, a great friend, and a brilliant mind. He is not a witch, however. Not that I know of. Josh is a new author with an exciting entry into a nearly forgotten genre. I hope you take the time to read the interview and then buy the book. The Kindle Version is coming. The book is available at the publisher here.

Official Description:

As a boy, Jim Falk watched helplessly as Old Bendy’s Men dragged his father into the darkness. Now, Falk is lured by strange dreams to finish the incomplete work of his father, which was to rid the land of evil. He is hampered by his fears and addictions, but he leans on his father’s former archivist, Spencer Barnhouse, to help him secure ancient secrets and weapons for the fight. His dreams of a strange redhead and a dark figure lead him to the town of Sparrow, where he encounters a magician, a pack of wolves, and shadowy things lurking in the forest. When the local preacher tells him of a witch in the woods, his journey takes an even stranger turn.


sparrow creekJosh, tell us something about yourself:

The middle school I went to had a tiny children’s library in it. The first book that I became really engrossed with was called UFO’s and Other Strangeness or something like that. It was a yellow hardcover with a line drawing of what people would later call “gray” aliens on the front. It was a compilation of stories from bigfoot to the story of Betty and Barney Hill to the Loch Ness monster. I must have been about 10 years old. I was really into the fact that the stories involved eyewitness accounts of unexplained events.

Who are some of your literary mentors?

There are a lot! I grew up reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Brian Lumley, Robert McCammon, Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander and really loved those choose-your-own-adventure books. Later I read a lot of poetry – I like Roethke a lot and got into beat poets, Burroughs, and later Richard Brautigan. More recently has been GK Chesterton, Lord Dunsany, Robert E Howard – one of the best new books I read was Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Tell us about your book:

It’s inspired by supernatural tales from Appalachia, but it is set in a mythic place – I wanted to recreate a space and set a new cast and landscape for a supernatural adventure series. Since I grew up running around in the woods and hills of Ohio, it was a place dear to my imagination and ripe with really frightening stories of hauntings and monsters.

What’s it like to live in that world?

It’s fun! I hope that readers will experience some of that excitement.

What’s the best part about writing fiction?

There are a lot of rewards. I would encourage anyone to try it because I think it helps to exercise and expand your imagination. That’s important for kids and for adults.

Tell us about your your publisher

Hippocampus has been around for a few decades, they are smaller, but they have a solid following – their specialty is Lovecraft and Lovecraftian or Weird Fiction. They got interested in my stuffbecause it’s weird and because it’s been said to bear some resemblance to the writings of Manly Wade Wellman (who I’d never heard of) (http://www.manlywadewellman.com/)

What’s next for you?

The main character of The Witch at Sparrow Creek, Jim Falk is meant for several more books, so I’ve already started on the sequel. In the meantime I am working on some short stories for competitions. I’ve also recently written a stage adaptation of John Campbell’s Who Goes There? which was the basis for John Carpenter’s The Thing. A theatre company in Cleveland is contemplating it for a fall performance this year.

Josh, thank you for your time and we wish you well on the book. Anything else you want to add?

Yes, visit my blog for updates and stuff http://mysterioussources.com/ also I am running a giveaway on Twitter right now for the novel if folks want to follow me @joshuatkent – thank you, Joel! It’s an honor and a privilege!

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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