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About Karen Vorbeck Williams
In the 70s, when our family moved to seven acres of land in Southeastern Massachusetts, into a farmhouse built in 1710, I wanted to learn more about how the people who first settled the land actually lived. As we restored the old rooms and removed the paint from the wide pine board floors, I realized that our house had been built before my 11th great grandmother Mary Bliss Parsons (1625?-1712) had died. She had lived in Northampton, MA, probably in a house quite similar to ours. It was there that she was accused of witchcraft. Northampton was about a two hour drive from us. Gradually I began to research her life and found an amazing story. The result was the historical novel "My Enemy's Tears: The Witch of Northampton."
My second book "The House on Seventh Street" was inspired by the Nancy Drew Mysteries I loved as a girl. The book is set in the town where I was born and is based on a number of memories from my youth as well as family stories and myths. I was writing fiction which gave me the liberty to exaggerate these stories and tell whopping lies if that would improve the plot or deepen the characters' motivations.
On the personal side, I am a widow and grandmother, an avid amateur photographer, and master gardener. At the moment I'm working on my third novel--again historical fiction set in 17th century New England--and a book of short stories.
Learn more at: https://www.karenvorbeckwilliams.com
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Based on the lives of Mary Bliss Parsons and Sarah Lyman Bridgeman, My Enemy's Tears: The Witch of Northampton, takes us back to life in the Puritan settlements along the Connectict River, a terrifying wilderness full of warring natives, natural wonders and disasters--portents of God's anger or a witch's meddling curse.
Mary and Sarah grow up amid Puritan superstition and piety, busy with their household chores, one imagining a life different from her mother's and the other eager to marry and bear sons. They spend their married lives in the villages of Springfield and Northampton, where a youthful disagreement festers into a reason to hate and then to fear. As the years pass, one accuses the other of murder by witchcraft, prompting a trial before the Court of Assistants in Boston--17 years before the infamous Salem Witch Trials.
This fictional account of a true story describes two lives in conflict--one cursed and one blessed--and the transcendent power of forgiveness.
A charmed life.
That is what strangers thought when they looked at little Karen, a beautiful child from a loving family, growing up without a care in the world.
They did not see the pressure to be perfect. The instability of a family dealing with alcoholism and the euphemistically termed “melancholy.” The risks a growing child, a young lady, would take to feel that she was something more.
The raw honesty of The Glass Castle meets the glamour of 1950s Hollywood in Karen’s journey to break free of PRETTY.