Origins of a Fire Witch

JULY 2010

I am pleased to announce that my story, Heart of the Salamander, has just been published in the current issue of The Lorelei Signal. It is my fire witch origins story, and I’m so thrilled it found a home. And I LOVE the illustration for the story by Lee Kuruganti. I wrote about an amulet, and she drew it (pun intended) right out of my imagination. Oh, I want it. Anyone out there make jewelry?

Here’s a little blurb;

Heart of the Salamander
By Ripley Patton

Maddy’s entire life has been cursed by fire. Her parents were killed by it. Her body and heart have been scarred by it. And now her village has gone up in flames and Maddy is being accused of wielding, through witchcraft, the one thing she hates most. What happens when you hide from the fire in your heart? And what happens when you finally embrace it?

For the rest, you’ll have to run over and read it. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite story and illustration in the reader’s poll!

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Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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