1. Tell us about your witch and the powers she has.
Deegie Tibbs is the daughter of a dark witch and a light witch, something that is rare in her world. She is very powerful and is able to perform some very unusual spells, some of which she has invented herself. One of her favorites is the Big Ol’ Boobs spell. When a man makes her angry, she throws this spell at him and causes him to grow enormous breasts that stay with him for at least a week.
Deegie has a disability called Witch’s Cramp. She is only able to perform a couple of spells at a time or she gets debilitating headaches.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for your character?
She just fell out of my head one day. I used to do online roleplaying, which is a creative writing exercise involving two or more people. I wanted a character who was strong, yet vulnerable, and since I’ve always been fascinated by witchcraft and magic, a witch seemed like a logical choice.
3. If you had a magical ability – what would it be and why?
I’d like to be able to read people’s minds. It would be great to know what a person’s real intentions are and whether or not I could trust them. I’ve been subjected to a lot of cruel treatment in my life, and a magical ability like this would help me avoid any further pain and heartbreak.
4. Who is your favorite TV or movie witch?
I always loved Endora, who was Samantha Stephens’ mother on the old TV show Bewitched. Her quick wit was hilarious, and she was just a little bit evil. I loved her red hair, too.
5. If you had a familiar what would it be (you can choose any animal) and what would you call him/her?
It would most likely be a big cat, perhaps a black leopard or a tiger. I’d probably name him something witchy, like Balefire or Widdershins.
C. L. Hernandez is a writer of horror, dark fiction, urban fantasy, and occasional poetry. She is the author of the series The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs (Winlock Press), and the novel The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor (Barking Rain Press) which will be released in 2016. She also writes the self-published series Horror Story Six-Packs (Cobwebs, vol. 1, and A Half-Dozen Horrors, vol. 2) She has stories featured in the anthologies Happy Little Horrors: Freak Show, Dead Harvest: A Collection of Dark Tales, and Deathmongers: Where the Light Dies. She lives in California's Central Valley, and her life is a constant work in progress.
Link to my author’s page at Winlock Press. Ordering info for A Jar of Fingers and The Witch War of Fiddlehead Creek can be found here: http://www.winlockpress.com/a-jar-of-fingers/
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