Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Five books to make you think twice about walking in the woods

Rachel Griffin writes young adult novels inspired by the magic of the world around her.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Griffin has a deep love of nature, from the mountains to the ocean and all the towering evergreens in between. She adores moody skies and thunderstorms, and hopes more vampires settle down in her beloved state of Washington.

When she isn’t writing, you can find her wandering the PNW, reading by the fire, or drinking copious amounts of coffee and tea. She lives with her husband, small dog, and growing collection of houseplants.

Griffin is the author of the forthcoming The Nature of Witches.

At she tagged "five books that will either make you want to rush in[to the woods] headfirst or run far, far away." One title on the list:
Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

Take everything you love about the woods, then put them in rural north central Florida with sweltering heat and brutal humidity. The setting makes this book stand apart from its creepy counterparts, offering a wholly different walk through the woods. You can hear the cicadas and feel the ghosts that roam through the skinny pines, and Waters’s lush prose create a hauntingly beautiful read you won’t soon forget. Ghosts lurk around every dark, creaky corner, making the setting feel fully alive. A gorgeous exploration of love and grief and home, this book wrapped itself around my heart and refused to let go. With a ghost story that made it difficult to sleep, a love triangle that made my heart ache, and a murder mystery that kept me guessing, this book became an instant favorite.
Read about another entry on the list.

Q&A with Erica Waters.

--Marshal Zeringue