People always ask why I wanted to write about the paranormal, and even more specifically a witch in my first book Charmed & Dangerous. The honest answer is I love magic and I have always wanted to have magical powers. I made my witch, Bronwyn, everything that I wanted in a witch.
I've had a long-time fascination with witches, that probably began with Bewitched. I wanted to wiggle my nose and make things happen like Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery). I didn't really catch the show until it was in reruns, as I was a bit to young the first time around, but I loved the show. I'd watch it religiously every afternoon. But even back then I remember thinking Darrin (Dick York) was a bore, and that she should just kick his butt instead of trying to please him all the time. I never understood why he couldn't simply embrace her being a witch, so that everyone could be happier.
I can't remember the first time I saw Bell, Book and Candle with Kim Novak and James Stewart. I always wanted a shop like that, but again, I couldn't understand why she felt like she had to hide her magic. Or why she considered being normal just to please a man. Still, I loved the film. And that Jack Lemmon was such a charmer.
I'm so excited about the show Eastwick, which is loosely based on the novel and the original 1987 film with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. Such great fun these actors had in these roles. The women, while they started out a little weak, became empowered. The producer told me the first season of the TV show is all about empowerment. I hope so.
One of my all-time favorite films is Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. I love everything about the film from where it is set, to the characters and the writing. It’s one of those films I watch over and over again, so much that I wore the first DVD out and had to buy it again. That they threw in a little romance with all that magic, humor and drama, is what made it work for me.
My fellow witchy chicks on the Witchy Chicks Blog have written some of my favorite books with heroines who are witches. Oh, and I’ve always been a fan of Kim Harrison’s series, and Nora Roberts stories that include witches.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten some favorites. Were you a fan of the TV show Charmed? Did you know some movies, TV or books I might want to check out? I'd like to hear about your favorite witches, and why you like them.
Candace "Candy" Havens is a best selling and award-winning author. Her novels include "Charmed & Dangerous", "Charmed &; Ready", "Charmed &; Deadly", "Like A Charm" and "The Demon King and I". She is known for writing strong female characters, who save the world, but aren't exactly perfect. She is a two-time RITA, Write Touch Reader and Holt Medallion finalist. She is also the winner of the Barbara Wilson award.
You can learn more about her at her website.