IceyBooks: Describe BURN MARK in 7 words.
Laura Powell: Gangster witches, inquisitors, class warfare and conspiracy.
IceyBooks: BURN MARK revolves around witches, did it take a lot of research to complete such a high-fantasy novel?
Laura Powell: I read a lot about the Age of Witch-hunts in Europe and North America, which lasted from the end of the 15th to the middle of the 18th centuries. Then I did some even more depressing research about the witch-hunts that are still going on in India and Sub-Saharan Africa today. My best historical source was “The Hammer of the Witches”, an inquisitor’s handbook published in 1487. It’s basically “Witch-hunting for Dummies”. Very gory!
IceyBooks: Where did you find your inspiration for BURN MARK?
Laura Powell: I find London’s streets endlessly inspiring. I love to people watch from the top of a double-decker bus, and make up stories for the characters I see.
IceyBooks: When it comes to nature, what would be your favorite? The Earth, the sky, the ocean, etc…?
Laura Powell: A sunset sky with lots of clouds, so I can look for castles in the air…
IceyBooks: Do you have any advice for aspiring young writers?
Laura Powell: Keep a diary. It’s great practice for learning how to put thoughts and feelings into words. Oh, and read EVERYTHING – high-brow and trashy alike!
Glory is from a family of witches and lives beyond the law. She is desperate to develop her powers and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition—the witches’ mortal enemy—and his privileged life is very different to the forbidden world that he lives alongside.
And then on the same day, it hits them both. Glory and Lucas develop the Fae—the mark of the witch. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not . . .
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