The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with Fiona Horne

naked witchIn her most recent memoir, The Naked Witch (Rockpool Publishing), Fiona Horne paints a rather dark picture of her formative years, the horrible abuse she suffered as a child and the ensuing chaos of a rock and roll life that led to a descent into dependency in an all-too common narrative.

That she came out of all that with such a positive and empowering outlook is commendable, uplifting, and the strength of her life’s narrative.

Fiona Horne is a survivor and has reinvented herself more than once without relinquishing her core values.

In The Naked Witch, the author bares her soul, producing an unflinching chronicle of her life through hardships, triumphs, heartaches, and a quest to make a place for herself in this world. It’s an amazing journey and her strength of character shines throughout this intimate portrait.

If The Naked Witch stumbles it is in that it fails to be either a Rock & Roll memoir or a portrait of her life as a witch. It tries to do both, but comes up short.

That being said, I found it fascinating, and though I’ve always admired Ms. Horne as an author and musician, I came away with a newfound respect for her.

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I had a chance to reach out to her and pitch a Last Writes interview and so, without further ado, let’s see how the celebrated Fiona Horne would spend her last day before shuffling off this mortal coil.

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The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

What would be your last meal?

A bucket of organic arugula with aged organic balsamic vinegar, organic olive oil and Himalayan pink rock salt … and sliced, perfectly ripe, organic avocados tossed through it.

What would be the last book you’d like to read?

My second autobiography documenting the second half of my life … starting with the two catastrophic hurricanes I survived just as my first autobiography was published.  I would finish the final edit of it just as lay my head down to rest for the last time.  Hopefully the last words I write/read would share some useful insight about what it’s like to die gratefully and peacefully.

What is the last movie you’d like to watch?

The entire series of Blue Planet

What is the last song you’d like to hear?

‘Soon’ by My Bloody Valentine – ever since first hearing it back in the early 90’s I’ve considered this my favorite song.  There’s an otherworldly … or maybe more accurately, ‘between the worlds’ quality to it that, to me, sounds transcendent.  When I listen and dance to it, I feel transported.  It would be the perfect song to die to.

Who is the first person you’d like to meet on the other side?

I’d like to meet someone other than a human… maybe an alien, an angel…. or any other fascinating, celestial being.

Thank you, Fiona, for taking time away from your book tour to visit with us.

Her latest book, The Naked Witch, is available for purchase online and in brick & mortar retail outlets worldwide. I recommend you give it a look…

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