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28 October 2019

Q&A with Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

I recently reread The Witch's Kiss and The Witch's Tears by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, and I'm currently rereading the final book in the series, The Witch’s Blood. Rereading them has reminded me how excellent I think the whole series is, from the characters to the world building, the relationships to the lore.
Q&A with Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Q&A with Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Can you describe The Witch's Kiss (series) in five words?
Argh, that's hard! We think: siblings, witches, fairy-tales, family, sacrifice.

What inspired you to write the The Witch's Kiss, and about witches and curses in particular?
A mixture of things. We wanted to do a gender-reversed retelling of Sleeping Beauty, where it's a prince who gets saved. But we're also fascinated by the history of witchcraft, and particularly the way that 'witch' was used as label to attack any woman who didn't fit into societal norms. And we love that witches in fiction are so often powerful women who are challenging the patriarchy. So it made sense to have our Sleeping Beauty (Jack) saved by a witch.  In terms of curses, it's interesting how often as humans we trace our current day problems back to things in our childhood or even to things we've inherited from parents or grandparents; writing about an inherited curse seemed like an interesting way of considering that. Are we constrained by our past and our inheritance, or are we free to make our own choices and (as Merry discovers) our own mistakes?

Which of your characters would you most like to sit down and have a cuppa with?
We've been arguing about this. It would be nice to chat to Merry and find out what she's been up to since the end of the trilogy! Otherwise, we'd probably choose Gran (though she can be a bit scary), or Cormac, the healer and wizard who comes into Leo's life in The Witch's Blood. He's such a sweetie and we think he'd be a good listener. Definitely not Finn, because he probably makes terrible tea. 

Do you think that you would be able to survive in the world of your book?
It kind of depends who we meet first! Lacking any magical powers (sadly), we suspect our days might be numbered unless we lay low, though we would hope Merry would try and help us out; she and Leo are always looking out for their friends and family. One of us (not saying which one) is VERY clumsy, so accidently stumbling into some deadly black holly is a real possibility. Of course, the real question is what would happen if we were trapped by Gwydion or Ronan: go down together, or throw the slower sister under the metaphorical bus and do a runner???

Are you a planner or a pantser, and how does this come in to play when you write together?
Luckily we are both planners, or it would probably be quite hard to write together - we have to (literally) be on the same page. Having said that, our plans are never set in stone. They evolve and sometimes change quite radically as we write: plot points alter and characters refuse to behave as we expect them to...

What is your favourite thing about writing?
Escaping into a different world. Sometimes it's not always possible to physically escape from problems, but writing allows us to mentally escape, to be in a different space with different people and different issues to worry about or, hopefully, to inspire us. It's amazing.

Finally, what are you working on now? What can we expect from you in the future?
Our next book is A Throne of Swans, a YA fantasy inspired loosely by Swan Lake with hints of Hamlet and Game of Thrones; think mad kings, deadly revenge and nobles who can shape-shift into birds. It's going to be published by Hotkey on 9th January 2020, so not too long now! It's the start of a duology so the second part will be out in 2021. We're working on more YA to follow and also a couple of MG ideas, so lots in the pipeline hopefully!

The Witch's Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr cover  The Witch's Tears by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr cover  The Witch’s Blood by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr cover

I am very excited for A Throne of Swans next year, as rereading The Witch's Kiss trilogy has reminded me what excellent story tellers Katharine and Elizabeth are. I can't wait for their Swan Lake inspired duology.

Have you read any of their books?


  1. This is such a great Q&A and you have completely rocked blogtober!!

  2. A great Q&A, such a lovely opportunity! :)
    - Kate xo

  3. Sadly I haven't read these books but you have definitely piqued my interest, I love a good retelling! Fab Q&A also :)


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