The Truth Behind the story...
After visiting the New Forest Fairy festival and the witchy town of Burley, I came to wonder why the new forest was synonymous with witches. I researched stories of witchcraft in the south of England and stumbled across a snippet of information about a group of witches and Operation Cone of Power where they claimed to fend off an attack by Hitler. A member of this infamous coven was Gerald Gardner, the founder of Wiccan, a way of life followed by millions around the world. You will recognise him in the character, Granville.
There were many conspiracy stories surrounding the covert operation including links with the government and the royal family. The secret service allegedly, destroyed all evidence of the collaboration so not to scandalise the aristocracy involved. Publications exploring these conspiracies were banned until the late 1980s. The consequences were, those brave witches who died during the ritual were forgotten and the act of magick that may have played a significant role in keeping Britain free was never acknowledged.
In my novel, have explored the Occultists links to the late Lord Mountbatten and the Broadland's Estate which is located in my nearest town of Romsey. There is no real evidence supporting these claims, merely hearsay. My imagination exaggerated the events and rumours significantly to a ‘what if’ scenario, inspiring the fantasy story of ‘The Haunting of Violet Gray.’ For more information and my sources please email me.