A little update on… Hilda, book 18.

Dear reader.

Hilda the wicked witchIt may not come as a shock that there will actually be an 18th story about Hilda and William. A story full of surprises, I might add, but which ones will still be covered under a purple wizard’s cloak.

Private matters in the life of my editor have delayed progress on the appearance of this book.

We are however working on making this book a reality so don’t despair just yet. I’ll give you proper warning ample time in advance if your worrying is required.

If there was one question you could ask about this new book, which question would it be? Please don’t ask ‘when will it be available’; I’ll give you the answer on that right now: as soon as it’s done. I know that’s a bit of a dead give-away but some things in the life of a person can’t be rushed.

To ease your curiosity a little however I’ll drop a tiny hint on what you will encounter in the new book. What… I should rather say ‘who’.

Pirates
Note: this is a hint. Arrr.

Incidentally the hat you see in this picture also is referred to in the story. This however is quite coincidental as I had no idea I would locate this image while I was writing about the hat and the person beneath it.

If this hint was not clear enough then I will also drop the words “September 19th” here. (That date falls on a Monday this year.) Employ your search engine skills and you might discover more than you bargained for!

 

Hilda and her younger years

Dear reader,

Hilda16_the youngeryears_320I am certain that many of you, who are Hilda fans or even Hildaholics, have by now read that infamous book about Hilda when she wasn’t yet the wicked witch she is now.

You may have seen that there are a number of references to older books and stories in book number 16. This was only partly my intention, but as the story grew I saw more and more opportunity to clarify how certain things had come to pass in Hilda’s life and history.

I have now taken it upon myself to outline the references to the older books as I did take notes on them. Are you ready for them? I am curious if you have found the same ones, and if you perhaps discovered something that I missed!

Reference number 1. Chapter 1. Rompford.

medieval villageThis one primarily goes to book 8, Dragon Master, where Hilda mentions her town of birth for the first time.

Another reference here would be book 11, Rock ‘n’ Troll which acts out almost entirely in Rompford. I still hope to see a Rompfordian football match…

I admit, this was quite an obvious reference, perhaps even so obvious you missed it. No worries though, there are many more to come.

Reference number 2. Chapter 2. Special wood.

Hilda 13 the house 320In this chapter Hilda’s dad goes out to acquire some ‘special wood’. This of course is wood from the Squeamish which is brought to our attention in book 13, The House. This is actually something I thought of later, after having written that particular chapter already.

The house that Zoraia and Ludwig live in was a talking house – remember that it talked with Hilda on occasion? That suddenly reminded me there had to be a connection to Squeamish wood, so I had to send Ludwig out shopping for that particular kind of wood. Which he did.

Reference number 3. Chapter 3. The school of magic.

schoolHere we have references to several books again. First of course there is book 7, Back to School.

But also book 10, Magic on the Rocks, is definitely meant to be referenced here. As you may remember, the school was quite an interesting place for Hilda and also Baba Yaga. I really enjoyed working out the classes, the other class mates and their quirks and habits, and the problems someone can have with flying a broom.

I’m still grateful for the writers of Arabian stories who came up with flying carpets…

Reference number 4. Chapter 4. Two vanishing cats.

Two-black-catsThis was a tricky one to spot, I am sure. In chapter 4 Zoraia casts a spell onto two cats that were tormented by a few village boys and those cats disappeared – but where to? Well, they went to book 4 for starters, Hilda and Zelda. This is the first place where I originally made the two black cats appear, seemingly out of nowhere. Now, magical cats do wild things but they need to come from somewhere. Now you know where that somewhere was: the marketplace of Rompford, when Hilda was small. Another reference to the two cats was of course Hilda book 5: Cats. Now that was an easier one, wasn’t it?

Reference number 5. Chapter 4. Big sister.

But that’s not all for this chapter. In chapter 4 Hilda also learns that she’s ‘the older sister’ now and that she has to take care of her baby sister. Hidden in here is a reference to The House, again, where Hilda realises she has to do what her parents told her to do: take care of Charisma!

Reference number 6. Chapter 5. A hut on legs.

In chapter 6 of Hilda’s Younger Years Hilda sees the hut of Babs’s parents for the first time. A hut on legs. Where does this point at? Believe it or not, this goes to book 3, The Challenge, where William appears and faces Baba Yaga’s living environment for the first time. Another reference here is Phargene, book 14, where Hilda meets Baba Yaga’s parents, Papa Yaga and Mama Yaga.

Reference number 7. Chapter 7. Where we meet tailors.

tailorThis chapter references the Zola family, the famous tailors who fell victim to burglary in Hilda’s adventure Rock ‘n’ Troll. Do you remember how Hilda and William went into the store of Gorgon Zola and his wife, for Hilda to order a new dress?

I had far too much fun with that tailor. I thought Zola was quite an interesting name as it’s not very common, and then I thought of the famous cheese, Gorgonzola, and now you know how the good clothes maker got his first name…

Reference number 8. Chapter 10. A heady teacher.

You have probably recognised Hepatia Strunk, the not so beloved head teacher at the Magic School. Here of course we have a reference to Back to School as well as Magic on the Rocks again.

Reference number 9. Chapter 10. Meeting an old friend.

JennealYes, two references in this same chapter, and all to different books. In chapter 10 of the Younger Years Hilda meets Jenneal, the red-dressed, red-haired witch with a fox fixation.

This points us back to Rock ‘n’ Troll again where William and Hilda visit Jenneal and actually recruit her to battle the huge walking rock men that are threatening the village of Rompford.

There actually is a link from Rock ‘n’ Troll to the latest book, The Wytches Roone as well. I didn’t know that when I was taking these notes, but the twins with their harps on the carts in Rock ‘n’ Troll are based on the same Harp Twins that play a major part in the The Wytches Roone!

Don’t worry, we’re getting to the end of the references. Somewhere…

Reference number 10. Chapter 13. Witch meets Goddess.

CirceThis is probably one of the very easy ones to spot. Hilda meets Circe for the first time in chapter 13.

Circe, the Greek Goddess who calls for Hilda’s help in Hilda – Aiaia.

It was very entertaining to bring Circe back into the story since Hilda told William about how she’d met Circe in school, how she’d been late for the start of the lessons, and the strange manner in which she’d seen Circe’s parents back then.

Reference number 11. Chapter 18. Wet clothes.

In this chapter Hilda gets fished out of the water. That was a very terrifying experience for her as you can imagine. The reference here, believe it or not, is Phargene. Can you spot why? Think back to the story and the flooding tunnels where witch and wizard are trying to shut the valves…

Reference number 12. Chapter 19. The Ring.

ringThis is a feeble reference, I’ll admit that. The ring that Hilda gets from Circe, the dachtilìdi. It’s a bit of a pointer to Charisma, the young witch, who steals that very same ring from her older sister and has adventures with her friends.

Reference number 13. Chapter 21. Scary Mountain.

Who doesn’t remember the scene in Hilda 2, Snow White revisited, where Hilda and Babs are performing their magical arts at the witches meeting on Scary Mountain?

Reference number 14. Chapter 25. Back to School.

Really, they don’t come easier than this one. The title of the chapter is the same as that of book 7. Back to School, so let’s immediately roll on to

reference number 14. Chapter 25 again. A hut in the water.

Here is a nice reference to Rock ‘n’ Troll again, to the time when Hilda and Jenneal remember the time that the hut of Baba Yaga’s parents had walked into the river. 🙂

Reference number 15. Chapter 28. Finally…

foxThe last one. You must be relieved. In this chapter Jenneal has her affair with the fox and the hunters. Yes, we’re once again back at Rock ‘n’ Troll.

You made it!

Well, that was it for Hilda’s Younger Years. Did you recall or remember the events I described? If so, I hope you had fun travelling through Hilda’s history with me. If not I suggest you go back to book 1 and start reading again.

(Joking of course!)

Have a wonderful day, from Paul, Hilda, William, and the cats. And the rest of the crew!

 

Beware the Wytches Roone

Beware the Wytches Roone

Dear reader.

It is so. There is news about the wicked witch. Hilda’s seventeenth story is out in the open and ready for your perusal and entertainment.

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The Wytches Roone.

Don’t play with one unless you want to go on an adventure you are not prepared for.

An invitation for King Walt to attend a festival in the queendom of Flamburgia is the start of a chain of events. Queen Velma shows a new side of herself, and Hilda and friends end up in a very strange world where nothing is normal. They didn’t mean to go there, but when a Wytches Roone is involved there is no telling what will happen, nor where you’ll go. The problem of course is: how do you get home?

You can find the book in the following places online:

The paperback is still in the works, but I’ll announce it when that’s available.

It should happen. Next week.

It should happen. Next week.

Dear reader,

It’s been a while. Hilda. The wicked witch. However! The plan is that next week, on Saturday, January 9th, the new book comes out. Part 17 of the series. For this reason I will treat you to the cover of this new book today:
Hilda_17_WytchesRoone_Web

 

What is this story about?

An invitation for King Walt to attend a festival in the queendom of Flamburgia is the start of a chain of events. Queen Velma shows a new side of herself, and Hilda and friends end up in a very strange world where nothing is normal. They didn’t mean to go there, but when a Wytches Roone is involved there is no telling what will happen, nor where you’ll go. The problem of course is: how do you get home?

Christmas and stuff

Hi folks,

William the wizard here for a change. Hilda and I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of you a magical Christmas with lots of fun, happiness, good food and wine – even if you have to water it down a bit, you know. It’s something you get used to see.

To stay in the spirit a bit Hilda asked me to get you a bit of present, a bit of Christmas and a bit of dragon, so there you go.

Christmas Dragon

And of course no festive day is complete with cats.

cats

Happy holidays everyone. And keep things shiny! (Guess who made me say that.)

William the Wizard.

Hilda – the movie. (I know… dream on, writer)

Dear reader,
Hilda the wicked witchIt’s not my intention to give you hopes that may never come true. I just want to share a dream with you. Perhaps a dream we can only dream, but at least I’ll be in good dreaming company.

It is the dream of almost every writer I know to hear that his or her work will be transformed into a film. It probably won’t come as a surprise that I would love to see Hilda on the big screen. And the smaller ones after that. So much has happened after the first short story about the wicked witch that I think she has earned the right to appear in a film. And that brought me to asking around a bit. The question I had was:

“Who would be a good actress to play Hilda?”

I had several responses, and I would like to share those with you. A very good one was:

bette midler
Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus

Bette Midler.

She did a great witch in “Hocus Pocus”.

I can see her do wonderful Hilda provided the teeth are altered a little bit. 😉

evanna-lynch
Evanna Lynch in Harry Potter

Evanna Lynch.

Known to most people from the Harry Potter films. She has the right amount of oddness (she proved that) and quirkiness to be Hilda.

Yes. A Hilda the Wicked Witch film. Really. I’ll dream on a little longer and then go back to writing book 18 in the series…

Hilda 16 – Here is chapter 1.

Dear reader,

Hilda16_the youngeryears_320As is the custom on this blog / website, it is time for me to reveal to you the first chapter of this new book.

I hope it is not too disappointing for you. Trust me, Carol (my precious editor) and I have worked very hard on this one. We hope you appreciate our efforts.

But most of all we hope you appreciate learning about

Hilda’s Younger Years.

Read more

Hilda 16 – The Cover!

Yes, dear reader,

It is that time again. A new book about the Wicked Witch is about to make it to the spotlights, as long as there are spotlights on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and all the other usual places.  May I present:

Hilda 16 the younger years

We all know the many adventures our beloved witch has survived so far. Some alone, some with Babs and quite a few with William and the cats. But what do we know of Hilda’s younger years? Before she was born? And more importantly: after she was born?
The answer to those questions are awaiting your reader’s eyes. Discover the origins of ‘shiny’ and ‘crappedy crap’ and many other things concerning Hilda who became the world’s most favourite Wicked Witch.

A good day so far

Dear reader,

So far today has turned into a good day, despite some not so wonderful news yesterday.

I have started writing a story that plays in my hometown of Cuijk. It goes well, and this afternoon I got on my bicycle and pedalled over to the library where I sat myself down and wrote more on that story. Here’s the view from where I sat:

cuijk library

Perhaps you can’t believe the joy I had sitting there. The street you see crosses a street called Aleida street and that appears in my story.

That is not all I did. I finished all the final edits on Hilda’s 16th story and I have started to compile the actual books for the story. The cover is already made, the e-book is as good as done and I am working on the paperback for whom likes the real books instead of a file on their e-reader. For the paperback I may change the backside from now on but I’m not yet certain. Time will tell.

Next to this the rework of Hilda’s 17th story is going on, as well as writing book 18 of the Wicked Witch. If you think that I am bored I implore you to think again. Have a wonderful weekend from me, a Holy Bejeebus from William and a Crappedy crap from Hilda!

Hilda 15!!

Hilda 15!!

Dear reader,

It’s finally arrived: the latest edition of Hilda’s adventures – Raggedsock – is now available all over the world and perhaps a few other places!

Hilda - RaggedsockAs you may expect by now, Hilda and William will be facing new strange people and this adventure takes them to a faraway land where they will face all kinds of new problems to deal with. Of course our witch isn’t the feeble kind so things should work out in the end. I think.

From the distant land of Nihon a visitor comes by Hilda’s and Wiliam’s door. An almost similar one visits someone else in Fairy land. This is bound to become the start of a new adventure for the wicked witch and her wizardly companion. A journey brings them to ice, monsters and people with axes and swords. After Raggedsock your life will not be the same any more!

If your socks aren’t ragged enough, please join me in a mad dash to either of these locations where there are lots of socks available for you: SmashwordsAmazon.comBarnes & NobleApple iTunesKobo books and in print at Lulu.com!