I’m about to complete my 8th book – or is it my 9th? I’ve lost count. Anyway, I’m editing the material I’ve collected for a book to be titled “Never Again. Forever!” This is to be a remembrance of all those who have suffered and perhaps died, having been accused of witchcraft. Many of them (women, men and children) were not witches at all, but they were made to suffer horrific tortures, in order to get them to confess. They were healers, midwives, elderly, poor, landholders, unfriendly, etc., and for one reason or another, their names were given as attendees of witch’s sabbats, or practitioners of the craft itself.
It is my firm belief that we need to keep their sacrifices in the forefront of our minds. If we allow ourselves to forget, or worse, to diminish their suffering, I’m certain we will find ourselves repeating that process. In today’s world, torture is looked upon as a necessary procedure, and is acceptable as long as the victim doesn’t die from it. That’s precisely the mindset that created what we call ‘the burning times’.
I want to digress from the subject matter of the book for just a moment, to talk about my printer/publisher. All of my books have been self-published, through Lulu.com. The only books that have reached me in less-than-acceptable condition have been those I didn’t edit properly – so it was my own fault. ONE of the books that Lulu has created for me has become damaged – when the glue-binding didn’t hold. One, in all the books I’ve had done so far. As long as I carefully edit each and every manuscript before I send it electronically to Lulu, the book comes to me looking exactly like a book I’d bought at the store, from a traditional publisher. And it doesn’t cost me a penny, until I want to order a copy of the book.
Needless to say, I’m very satisfied with Lulu. The only drawback I’ve found is that I have to do all the marketing and advertising myself – but from what I hear in the trade, that’s pretty much how traditional publishers are approaching it now. I’ve had book signings (very successful, I must say) and wonderful reviews. I dreamed of being a published author for years, and didn’t have the courage to do anything about it. Then, one day a friend suggested Lulu to me. The pearly gates opened, and I was on the road! I was 70 years old, and a beginner.
I’ve learned quite a bit since then, and I’m still pouring out books. (And I really thought I had only one book in me!)
Back to the new book – it is my hope that everyone who reads this book will be deeply moved by the words in it, that those words touch hearts and minds, causing them to protest any similarities in our times to the pain described.