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Paula Brackston

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Paula Brackston (aka PJ Brackston)is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch(2014).

Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ Davy) was short listed for the Mind Book Award, and she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme.

Paula lives in Wales with her partner and their two children.


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Paula Brackston Hi Nita,
The books are all stand alone, so you can read them in any order you choose.
I hope you enjoy The Winter Witch. Please let me know what you…more
Hi Nita,
The books are all stand alone, so you can read them in any order you choose.
I hope you enjoy The Winter Witch. Please let me know what you think of it!(less)
Paula Brackston Hi Michelle, do I detect a writer here as well as a reader?
I find myself constantly torn between holding back and letting rip with my writing, whether…more
Hi Michelle, do I detect a writer here as well as a reader?
I find myself constantly torn between holding back and letting rip with my writing, whether it is in developing a character or any other aspect of the story. I think you are right to spot that this is particularly important when writing the more extreme characters. I don't think I ever worry about keeping something for future projects; stuff seems to come into my head in darn near unmanageable quantities! No, what bothers me more is the danger of drifting into stereotypes or melodramatic characters. Gideon is certainly an extreme person in so many ways. I deliberately wrote him as quite a restrained, quiet personality to contrast with the frightening strength and lack of morality which govern him. I keep looking for some glimmer of light, some redeeming quality to give him, but he is one of the most out and out 'bad' characters I have ever written.
I've had quite number of readers tell me that they found him charismatic and even sexy. What is it about we women that draws us to dark characters? It interests me. I think it's good to allow ourselves to explore things like this in fiction, so we don't go there in real life? What do you think?(less)
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The Witch's Daughter
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The Winter Witch
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The Midnight Witch
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The Witches of the Blue Wel...
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The Silver Witch
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Lamp Black, Wolf Grey
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The Silver Witch is out now in the USA!


To celebrate publication of my latest novel, here are some photos of the setting.


Llangors lake is a wonderfully tranquil yet powerful place, and has provided fabulous inspiration for my story.



The new 'crannog' on the lake.



Tilda's side of the lake.



Seren's sacred lake.



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Goodness, that was a wild ride! As with all Karen's books, this was superbly crafted, from the vivid but spare prose, to the spot-on dialogue, and the tightly worked story itself. I really enjoyed the different viewpoints. Karen is a master of the un ...more
Paula Brackston is 85% done with The Raven's Head: Just started this and am already hooked. It's really good, as are all Karen's books.
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“Better foolish and honest than clever and false.”
Paula Brackston, The Witch's Daughter

“If you are not able to travel, he told me, the next best thing is to read. Read all you can, girl. And store up that knowledge, for you never know when you will need it.”
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“To learn, you must be humble. You must be prepared to admit your ignorance. You must allow yourselves to be filled with the vital information presented to you via the skills and dedication of those who have gone before you down the long path to enlightenment.”
Paula Brackston, The Witch's Daughter

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Smart, studious and gets along better with guys: Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
 
  778 votes, 61.1%

The girl next door with sass: Samantha from Bewitched
 
  293 votes, 23.0%

When you don't get your way, watch out! : Maleficent (aka Mistress of All Evil) from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty
 
  112 votes, 8.8%

Loves to wear black and live dangerously: The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz
 
  91 votes, 7.1%

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