From the Author
With Forked Tongue is the story of a modern day woman struggling with a crisis of faith, who becomes deeply involved with an old, local legend of heresy and murder. The legend was very loosely based on the Weberite Heresy. In 1761, a fanatic group of Dutch Fork residents seemed to go berserk and put to death a few of their neighbors in what has been called South Carolina's only execution of accused witches. I wanted to set out my own theories about how such a thing could happen, but I also wanted to write about faith in general and how we can learn from history without hanging onto old injustices forever. I wanted to make the lake more than just the setting for the book; I wanted to make it one of the characters. There's a beauty here that rivals the Lowcountry and a serenity like no where else.
Since Lake Murray is my home, I have truly enjoyed researching and writing this work. I used the anecdotal histories of 19th century Newberry county journalists O.B. Mayer and John Chapman and many Lexington family histories for local color and character while trying to avoid depicting actual people or places. The observations on religion came from Woodmason and the Lutheran church historians. I turned to more modern historians like Pope, Moore, and Edgar for facts related to the period in general. It was great fun weaving it all together into what, I hope, is an entertaining and believable read.
About the Author
Susannah Wilds is a long-time resident of the Lake Murray area of South Carolina. This is her second novel.