Welcome to my website! I’m Rosie B. Davies and I live, write, act and work in Bath, England. I have one little boy and one husband and it’s very much like having two children when they start arguing! I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember but, until recently, I very rarely got around to finishing them off!
When I was about 6 years old I started drawing pictures of a little girl who lived in a house with lots of rooms. I would take a plain A4 sheet of landscape paper and draw a room on it. A bathroom, a bedroom, a kitchen, they were all there, and then I would assemble them all on the floor. This was my own, very modest version of a doll’s house! Nothing particularly luxurious but I loved drawing, and it didn’t occur to me, at the time, that we couldn’t afford to actually buy a doll’s house! Once the house was drawn, out came the index cards. The small cards that people usually use to write prompts for speeches or revision notes on. And on the back of these cards, the blank side, I drew a little girl. In fact I drew the same little girl over and over again in different outfits – I do love clothes! And her life and her stories started to emerge from my imagination. Oh, I forgot to mention one detail, because it really was only a minor detail to the rest of her life, she was also a witch and the bottom most room of the make-shift doll’s house was a basement full of everything a witch could possibly need. A cauldron and a broomstick, a cat and potions – it was full to bursting with witchy knick-knacks!
I don’t remember the little witch’s name but I know she was my first incarnation of Elizabeth from the Witch Way stories.
Fast forward to 1997 when I lived in London and the beginnings of Elizabeth’s story started to formulate in my head. Then in 2010 I began to write “This is me…” the first draft of the novel that later became “Witch Way…for me?” and it was clear early on that there were going to be 5 novels in the Witch Way series.
When I finished writing my first draft I wanted advice from a professional writer so I enrolled in a creative writing class. I was told in no uncertain terms that my book would not sell, that it was not commercially viable that essentially nobody wants to read a grown up fairy tale.
But, unashamedly I am ploughing on with my creation! Because if there is only one person in the world that would like to read a work of grown-up, fantasy fiction, that doesn’t involve cruelty, or sex or violence – then it’ll be worth it. And there is that one person – that one person is me! If anyone else out there likes a bit of escapism, magic, adventure and excitement then please, dive into the Witch Way books.
When you start to read the books I hope you’ll pick out another level to Elizabeth, Daphne and Shiona. I hope you realise these characters are strong women, flawed and sometimes annoying women, but strong women nonetheless. I hope you see Elizabeth’s journey is more than just one of magical adventure, but that it’s also a journey of accountability and Elizabeth has a lot to learn. But mostly I hope you enjoy these characters and love them as much as I’ve come to love them.
I’m inherently a shy person, and it took a lot for me to put a little bit of my soul out there, but Naomi Wilson, my best friend and the one person who can kick me up the bum (metaphorically) didn’t really give me the option to hold back. After that, Lisa Thrower became my knight in shining armour and rescued my little novel and gave it fresh lease of life. So for them, and for all the other people in my world who have encouraged me and supported me, I send my literary baby out into the universe, closely followed by its siblings. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but as Friedrich Nietzsche so eloquently put it,
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”