Wendy Joseph vies with her characters for a life of romance and adventure. A deckhand on merchant ships, she has outrun pirates off of Somalia, steered ships large and small through typhoons and calms from the Bering Sea to Shanghai, and helped rescue seals on the Pacific coast.
Her passion is for works of the imagination, for telling a really good story, and for connecting with the minds and souls of readers and taking them to a magnificent and finer place.
Researching her sword and sorcery novel The Witch’s Hand in France, she traced the paths of her characters over the terrain they covered to get the description right, and dug up old documents for historical accuracy. She holds two Master’s in English from UCLA and the University of Washington, and can splice a twelve strand line.
The Witch's Hand is the thinking person's sword and sorcery, and preview readers have given it a thumbs up. Malaxia, the most formidable witch in 13th century France, has chosen young Liana as her protégé and successor, but Liana isn’t sure she wants to be the most powerful and destructive witch in the world, and doesn't want to cooperate. Hounded into the wild by the Church, she receives unexpected help from the vicomte Jettaret, a returned Crusader and lost soul with PTSD, and his rascally friend Alberge. Magic, swordplay, and medieval faith and superstition share the pages, as Liana tries to find her path and decide who and what is good or evil.
The Witch’s Hand has contemporary applications and resonance—an ex-soldier with PTSD, religion-fueled hysteria, and the use and misuse of power. It is not an otherworldly fantasy but is rooted in the real world.
Published 2012, All Things That Matter Press
Genre: Sword and Sorcery, 225 pages
Available in print or e-book (Kindle and Nook)
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