This time, I want to talk to you about one of the best friends of my life here on earth, a delightful man, writer, and mystic by the name of David O. Norris. David and I had only spoken a couple of times by email before he got his hands on a copy of ETERNITY. When he read the book, he was swept away by the gallows scene, to another time and place, and he became convinced that I had not just invented that scene, but that I had lived it. He knew it, he said, because he had lived it too. We had been side by side on the gallows. He felt it very strongly, and I had to wonder if such a thing could be true, and if it was, whether that explained the strange heart issues that overcame me while writing it. He never knew about those things, however.
I had never met David face to face, but we became good friends after that through email. Then, one year, we were planning to attend the same magical gathering at the same campground. Finally we'd get to meet face to face.
There were a couple of hundred people at this event. As I arrived, I followed the same protocol as everyone else. You drive into the camping area, around a looping road, find your spot, unload your car, and then drive it to the parking area some distance away and hike back. As I pulled in, and drove slowly around the circle, looking for my spot, David was near his already pitched tent with his wife. Cars bearing newcomers had been passing by his spot all day. But as my car passed, he got a chill up his spine, turned slowly, and looked right at me. “That's Maggie,” he said.
He had no idea what I was driving. But he felt my presence. He walked toward the road, and I hit the brakes and said, “That's David.” Then I jumped out of the car and got the biggest, warmest hug ever.
David and I remain friends to this day. He is the big brother I never had. We can go months without a conversation and then see each other again and it's as if not a single day has passed.
Among other things, David is a fabulous writer. He wrote the lyrics to “Witches on the Wind,” the song that backs the video trailer for my MARK OF THE WITCH. Mark of the Witch incidentally, is the first book of my second Witch-related series. Eternity was, of course, the first book of my first Witch related series. Queue the mystical music.
Here's the video, in case you want to hear that haunting song again, or for the first time.