Magical Realism, non-fiction
|Wendy Steele is author, wise woman, goddess. She is writer, dance teacher, mother and healer.
Magic is Wendy’s passion. The Lilith Trilogy leads the reader along the paths of the witches Qabalah, following Angel Parson’s story of betrayal, retribution and redemption. Her magical story contains high magic as well as pagan ritual. ‘The Standing Stone Book Series’ focuses on the lives of three women linked together across time and space by the standing stone. The countryside is the focus of their magic, embracing the gods and goddesses, tree spirits, elves and fairies.
Her latest book, The Naked Witch, is about Lizzie Martin, receptionist, single mother and witch, who is asked by her new boss to conform and embrace the corporate dress code. The reality of paisley to pin stripe, an unexpected stay in hospital, monitoring of her fourteen year old daughter’s latest crush, the search for the truth about her father’s death and two new men in her life, give Lizzie plenty of plates to spin. Within the Sacred Wheel of the Year, Lizzie blossoms.
You can hear Wendy telling her short stories in Pan’s Grotto on her Welsh riverbank, on her YouTube channel, The Phoenix and the Dragon.
Wendy’s non-fiction title Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles offers the reader 101 ideas to bring a smile to every day.
Wendy lives in Wales with her partner, Mike, and cats. If she’s not writing or teaching dance, you’ll find her renovating her house, clearing her land or sitting on her riverbank, breathing in the beauty of nature.
Destiny of Angels (First book in the Lilith Trilogy)
Traumatic events in her childhood, send Angel Parsons upon a different life path.
Fifteen years later, with the help of her new 'family' and the resurrected relationship with Jenny Parkes, her only friend from school, Angel confronts the perpetrators of her misery. Rather than seeking revenge and to free herself from her past, Angel uses the skills she has acquired to offer her persecutors the chance of redemption.
Will Angel fulfil her destiny and put her past behind her or will the demons she unleashes consume herself and her 'family' and leave her empty and alone once more?
Wrath of Angels (Second book in the Lilith Trilogy)
Angel Parsons – wife, lover, entrepreneur and witch – is back and though she strives to put her past behind her, Lilith the Dark Goddess has other ideas.
Angel has the power at her finger tips. The choice is hers. Will she evoke her wrath to take her revenge on Lilith or will she summon nature's forces and the strongest emotion on earth to put right the wrongs of the Dark Goddess?
The Standing Stone – Home for Christmas
Rachel arrives in Wales to begin a new life but will Marcus jeopardise their future together before it's begun?
Candy knows the punishment for leaving Station 23 unguarded. Will she succeed in convincing Paul to obey the Lesson?
Fern loves her life in the village but when the Tall Folk arrive with metal working skills, will her peace be shattered forever?
Though distanced by time and space, three women find the Standing Stone and the teachings of the Great Mother, Binah.
The Standing Stone – Silence Is Broken
Rachel and Marcus are both committed to a new start in Wales....or are they?
Candy confronts the regime in the Dome...will one voice make a difference?
Fern's place is as the wise woman of the village, following her mother's line but can she stand up to Nia and Adalbern and secure the peace her village craves?
Three women, linked across time and space by the Standing Stone, are inspired by the Goddess Ishtar.
The Standing Stone – The Gathering
Can Rachel forgive and forget the betrayal by the men in her life and be strong enough to live her own life, embracing the spirit of the horse?
Will Candy remain steadfast to her promise to protect the Land and people of the Badland or will Aaron entice her back to the villages?
Has Fern lost Adalwin to the lure of Mara's painted body? Can she be the warrior leader her village need while maintaining the heart of a goddess?
Inspired by the goddess Rhiannon, three women tread new and exciting life paths.
Wendy Woo's Year – A Pocketful of Smiles 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you
Once upon a time, two eleven year old girls made a pact of friendship. One left school at sixteen while the other stayed on to study. The friendship remained. One went abroad while the other stayed at home. Years passed, marriage and children followed and the friendship continued to flourish via letters and video messages.
After twenty nine years the girls were reunited and the friendship sparked with renewed love and affection. Three months later, one friend was diagnosed with cancer. Nine months later, she died.
I was the girl who lived and I made a promise to live my life for two and make sure that every day included a smile in memory of my beautiful friend.
It isn't easy and I don't claim to hold the key to a life of everlasting happiness but the ideas in 'A Pocketful of Smiles' are used or have been used by me and have brought smiles and happiness to my life.
A Pocketful of Smiles is about being happy, irrespective of the challenges life brings.
A Pocketful of Smiles is often practical, sometimes spiritual but never religious, occasionally witty and full of ideas to bring a smile to your day.
The Naked Witch
Lizzie Martin’s new boss has asked her to ‘bare all’ and become more corporate. For Lizzie, swapping paisley for pin stripe is like asking a parrot to wear pea hen.
She has to choose between her job and her integrity, cope with an unexpected stay in hospital, monitor her fourteen year old daughter’s latest crush, continue seeking the truth about her father’s death and juggle two new men in her life.
There is hope though. At the bottom of the garden is a little wooden shed that Lizzie calls Sanctuary. Within its warm and welcoming walls, Lizzie surrounds herself with magic…
1. Are you working on another book?Read an interview with Wendy on Judith Barrow's Blog
Yes, I’m writing the sequel to the Naked Witch entitled, The Orphan Witch.
2. What is your preferred genre?
I love writing magical realism and Witch Lit pinpoints the genre a little more.
3. What do you love most about writing in your genre?
To be able to write compelling stories and include my passion is a privilege.
4. What is your writing style?
Reviews of my books in the past talk of a lyrical writing style but others talk of a concise style, giving the reader enough but allowing them to fill in the details. I’m both a visual reader and writer, conjur-ing up scenes in which the characters can interact.
5. What gives you inspiration for your books?
Strong women have always in-spired me so add to that the magical, stunning landscape of Wales that sur-rounds me, story ideas fill my head every day.
6. Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite?
That’s hard…that’s like asking me to choose a favourite child. I love them all for dif-ferent reasons. Lizzie Martin, in my latest novel, is a focussed woman, dedi-cated to her daughter, working hard to provide the best start to her child’s life while juggling her own relationships. I love her because so many people will recognise parts of her in themselves.
7. What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
8. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced by becoming a writer?
The support of other writers, as well as friends and family, has been im-mense. I do my best to share podcasts, blog posts and ideas that may help other writers too and this feeling of community helps on those days of soli-tude in front of the computer.
9. What has been the best compliment?
I was at the Tenby Book Fair in 2016 chatting to a lady when her daughter and a friend came along. I offered them my card and the daughter said, ‘I don’t need one. I know you and follow your blog.’ Meeting readers and hearing they’ve enjoyed my stories is the best.
10.Tell us a little about your plans for the future?
As mentioned, my second Wendy Woo Witch Lit book is underway and there are plans for a third, all continuing Lizzie Martin’s story. I’m waiting on news about a bursary to write the third novel in The Lilith Trilogy (should hear by beginning of April at the latest). That decision will affect what I focus on next. I’m continuing telling stories on my Welsh riverbank on my YouTube channel, Phoenix and the Dragon, and a newsletter is being prepared, Wendy Woo’s Wound Wobin, which I hope to send out each month with interviews, features on deities from different pantheons, prayers, spells, books news, reviews and features on the environment.
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The Phoenix and the Dragon