A. W. Jackson, author of Madame Voodoo, has signed with us for the bewitching prequel, The Pudding Lane Witch!
Gweneviere Baxter is introduced in Madame Voodoo as an old and rather unlikeable character, but Jackson is keen to tell her story. The Pudding Lane Witch highlights issues such as sexism, racism and homophobia. It celebrates how far we’ve come since the bygone ways of the 1600s whilst also mirroring the similarities that are still there, and recognising that there is a long way to go even in today’s society. Expect conflict and magic sprinkled throughout this queer love story!
The Pudding Lane Witch by A. W. Jackson hits stores this autumn! Madame Voodoo is OUT NOW:
A. W. JACKSON
A. W. Jackson says: “As a child, I loved reading, and was always desperate to buy a new book each time I went food shopping with my dad.
Sadly, my passion for reading fizzled out during high school, as a mix of steady bullying and being forced to read certain books as part of my studies made reading feel like a chore. It was not until I started college and began to pursue my career as a chef that I started writing my first novel, Madame Voodoo. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have often felt overlooked and under-represented by characters who purely exist to either fill a box or provide comedic relief at their own expense.
Once I noticed there were many other minority groups in the same situation, I wanted to create captivating stories with these overlooked and exploited groups at the forefront. Unfortunately, during college, I didn’t have the confidence to finish Madame Voodoo and, over the years, I picked it up and put it back down a handful of times.
However, in 2022, I finally set myself a goal to complete Madame Voodoo by the end of the year. I also watched a ‘little’ show called Heartstopper and decided to read the book. Quite frankly, it changed my life, and I wish that I’d had something like that when I was growing up. I have never seen such accurate representation of those like myself, and it helped push me to decide that I want to provide that for others. I want to create stories that make people feel seen.”