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Josh Roberts

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An award-winning travel writer and editor, Josh Roberts has written for publications as varied as USA Today, The Boston Globe, and Business Insider. These days, Josh writes the kind of middle-grade and young adult novels he always enjoyed when he was a kid growing up in a spooky Victorian funeral home. He is currently at work on the second book in the Willow Cove series, The Curse of Willow Cove.

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Josh Roberts I’ve always believed that the best spooky stories are the ones that feel like they could be happening to real people in real places, so I knew from th…moreI’ve always believed that the best spooky stories are the ones that feel like they could be happening to real people in real places, so I knew from the beginning that THE WITCHES OF WILLOW COVE would be set in a small New England town like the one I grew up in.

The first kernel of an idea for this book came while I was serving jury duty in Salem district court many years ago. During a delay in the case, the judge explained that the famous Salem witch trials actually occurred in a neighboring town, because the town lines were different back then. The idea that much of the witch history we associate with Salem belongs to another town became one of the driving elements of my story.

The other major element came from my childhood. I was a huge fan of stories about the supernatural and unexplained: ghosts, witches, vampires, werewolves, that kind of thing. Growing up, I lived in a three-story Victorian funeral home, complete with creaky floors, drafty windows, and a secret room sealed off from the rest of the house, so I spent a lot of time making up stories to spook myself and my friends. When I set out to write a story about witches in a small town with a secret history, I knew that my take on it would be: What happens when you find out you’re one of the spooky things that everyone’s afraid of?(less)
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Making the Modern Spooky Middle-Grade Novel

Last year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Rebecca Moody over at WritersRumpus.com about the growing popularity of spooky novels aimed at tween readers. Here’s an excerpt from our wide-ranging discussion.

Rebecca Moody: Why did you want to write a spooky middle grade novel? When you were developing The Witches of Willow Cove, did you decide you wanted to write something witchy, or did th Read more of this blog post »
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Published on January 24, 2020 07:13 Tags: fantasy, harry-potter, interview, magic, mg, middle-grade, witch, witches, ya, young-adult

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