Interview with Pagan Author Christine Ashworth
Below: the book trailer for Demon Soul by Christine Ashworth — if you like True Blood, you’ll like Christine’s paranormal romances.
Christine Ashworth: Â A Brief Interview
Christine is the author of BLOOD DREAMS – A Caine Brothers Short Story, and DEMON SOUL. Her blog, Wicked with a Side of Saucy, features food, gardening, wine recommendations, and the writing life, but if you read between the lines, you’ll find a deep and beautiful spirituality.
The Spiritual Eclectic: Christine, unlike many other authors of paranormal romance, you blog extensively about cooking and gardening. How do those two obvious delights fit into your pagan path?
Christine Ashworth: For me, it’s two pieces of a whole. Cooking is nurturing. It’s love at it’s most basic – feeding the people you love with healthy, tasty food. I am very much a kitchen witch, but barely aware of it until I started thinking about it. But I’m always muttering to the food as I make it, prepping it to do healthy things for my men.
Gardening is nurturing the planet. It’s taking time to make a bit of earth beautiful for me and the family, and a chance (now that I don’t have dogs) to feed and nurture the birds that are abundant in my section of the world. It’s a deep reverence for the abundance of the earth that has been instilled in me as the daughter, and granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of farmers.
The Spiritual Eclectic: How would you define your spiritual practice?
Christine Ashworth: My pagan path has been self-forged (though I guess many are!), as there aren’t many local folk willing to take me on. And I’m ashamed to admit I’m not a big one for ritual that isn’t spontaneous. But the turning of the seasons, the moon in all her phases, the breaking dawn, the blazing sunset all have a claim on me that seems to have been there from birth.