J.S. is very pleased to have a brand new short story in Issue 9 of Lucent Dreaming. Issue 9 is all about fairy tales and folk lore, both old and modern. J.S's story is called "Birch" and has much to do with trees and woods and what may wait within them. The issue is packed with stories and poetry.
22 April 2021
8 March 2021
J.S. is very pleased to have two new poems in the Spring Issue of The High Window. The poems in question are Snowfield and In Praise of Not Necessarily Small Things.
You can read the first instalment of the poetry section of the Spring Issue by clicking here If you then click on J.S.'s name it will take you straight to her two poems. You might, though, want to read some of the other rather wonderful poems published in this issue as well.
1 March 2021
Old Light, was published, but I can’t because it actually came out on 29th February 2020 and so I can really only say it’s an exact year every four years. Perhaps a Leap Year publication has its challenges.
Bringing out a new book just before your home country goes into a long pandemic lock down, closely followed by much of the rest of the world, also has its challenges. Many of the launch events and readings I had planned never took place. It also means that the publication date of the final novel in the Witchlight series (Old Light was the second, Witchlight was the first) has been delayed. I still don’t have an actual publication date for Elderlight (the third and final book in the series), but I can report on the QT that work has begun on designing its cover. There is, therefore, an elderlight at the end of this pandemic tunnel.
Anyway, to celebrate the almost anniversary of Old Light I thought I’d share some of its rather lovely reviews:
"Author Watts doesn't disappoint with this sequel. If anything, I found it faster reading and more engrossing than the first installment."
“What a magical and wonderful story with such amazing characters that make you want to be a part of the book. Loved it.”
"fun, witty and innovative and an excellent follow-up to Witchlight."
"Watts writes fluently and entertainingly about Holly's efforts to combine staggering supernatural powers with a completely human need for love and partnership. A very enjoyable read."
"A wonderfully crafted story of magical realism shot through with humour as dry as the almost sentient rustling of pages within the coven’s library. Following on from “Witchlight”, Holly gets to grips with her subtle powers while upsetting old – really old – enemies. People die, and those already dead fail to behave as their station befits. I’ve seen the comparison before, but it is valid: it’s as if the world of a famous teenage wizard grew up. Great read."
Old Light in summary: Holly has had a year to deal with the family-sized portion of Old Magic she has inherited. Her focus is on the future, but when both the Coven and the past come calling, the future she has imagined seems to be slipping from her grasp.
If the past is truly a different country, it turns out it is a dark and bloody one that shares a border with the present – a border that is frequently crossed.
Holly needs to right a past wrong and lay some old ghosts, without becoming one herself, if she is to come to terms with her present and claim her future.
Old Light by J.S.Watts (ISBN 978-1946050205) was published by Vagabondage Press in paperback and e-book formats on 29th February 2020.
1 February 2021
Issue II of Beir Bua is now out with its simmering collection of avant garde and dangerously experimental poets, writers and artists. J.S. is included amongst their number.
If you want to see and read her poem Wind Chimes click here to download a free copy of issue II.
29 January 2021
J.S. is honoured to be amongst some amazing poets and artists interviewed by the equally awesome Claire Trevien on her blog as part of a series exploring poets who also produce visual art.
You can read the interview by clicking here.
If you want to see more of J.S.'s photography you should check out her photographic blog, Random Acts of Would-Be Photography