As Halloween approaches, a Bedford librarian is celebrating the release of her debut book, Mark of the Wicked, about a teenage witch.
Georgia Bowers, who works at Bedford Central Library, found inspiration whilst walking through the local woods, imagining the magic that could take place beneath the cover of trees and behind the doors of old cottages.
After reading The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and watching The Craft and Hocus Pocus at Halloween, Georgia began writing her own tale of a teenage witch called Matilda.
The manuscript of Mark of the Wicked was picked up for publication by Macmillan US and came out in August this year.
Described as, “[A] breathlessly told, consuming portrait of a witch’s relationship with loneliness and power… protagonists are elaborately drawn, and the novel’s eerie atmosphere lingers,” by Publishers Weekly, the timing couldn’t be better to curl up on the sofa as Autumn approaches.
In fact, the book features a Halloween countdown as Matilda tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for the use of dark magic.
The book is available to buy in Bedford at the Eagle Bookshop on St Peter’s Street and Hippy Wytch Cottage in Clare Court.