After seeing The Witch last weekend, I’ve been thinking about using the supernatural in my book. It’s always been there in the fabric of my story, but never really played up as a main concept in the book.

I think one of the most important things we realize in life is how families create family stories and narratives and at some point (I think especially in college) we realize that you keep living those stories out. We’re told that we have free will and the ability to do whatever we want, and that’s true, but we find ourselves doing what our families keep doing.

And we want to have our own agency, but there’s no real way to get out of it, at least not yet, and then we might have fallen down the trap and continue playing it out

Obviously, I’m terrified of being my parents.

So I kind of want to play up this story of how people in this family keep dying, and how Ella’s life is exactly like what Eden’s life would have been like, which is kind of terrifying.

A curse or something like that maybe? I’m not sure, but I’m going to keep playing with it. The Witch is an incredible film and very inspiring and I definitely recommend that everyone see it.