By Elizabeth Gracen:
Adriana Mather is a multi-talented force to be reckoned with—mother, author, film producer, and actress. She's escaped the clutches of Hollywood to create a civilized life with her adorable family in the very area of the United States that serves as the setting and inspiration for her first #1 NY Times bestseller YA novel, How To Hang A Witch. She followed her debut with Haunting the Deep —both books inspired by Mather's real-life family history. Her latest novel, Hunting November, has just been released in hardback from Penguin Press, and she's currently working on a romantic comedy to add to her impressive oeuvre. Add to that the busy life of mother to an camera-friendly little boy named Wolf and creative and romantic partner to her writer/filmmaker husband James Bird—featured earlier on Flapper Press for his novel, The Brave—let's just say that Ms. Mather is an inspiring, busy, creative powerhouse with the wind at her back.
Please meet Adriana Mather!
EG: Adriana, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. First of all, congratulations on all your terrific books. I actually met you before you became an author, so I’m more familiar with your work as a screenwriter, producer, and actress. I saw HONEYGLUE at a film festival in Hollywood around 2016, and I never got to tell you in person what a terrific job you did in that film. It was an incredibly moving performance—a dream part for an actor—and you really brought her to life. I hope that more acting is in your future, but I wanted to talk to you today about your career as a best-selling YA author—which must have launched shortly after you finished that film? Please tell me how you made that leap into writing your first novel, How to Hang a Witch.
AM: Thanks so much for putting together such thoughtful questions! It’s funny, because you would think my movie and book worlds would be more connected, but very few people know me from both. So this intersection is particularly fun for me.
The truth is, I actually never planned to transition into novel writing. But then came an unfortunate snowboarding accident in Utah, where I landed myself on my mom’s couch for two months with two plates and twelve screws in my left arm. The pain sucked, but the icky feeling of not being active was so much worse. And that’s when my first book idea—How to Hang a Witch—started forming. Necessity breeding invention or some such? I always knew that I was related to Cotton Mather, who had instigated the Salem Witch Trials, but during my down time, I became curious and decided that I should visit Salem to do some research. And as soon as I set foot in that wondrous town with its black houses, cobblestone streets, and endless haunted tales, I knew there was a story there that had to be told.