Nikki Gamble talks to Finbar Hawkins about a personal fascination with the Pendle witch trials, the craft of writing and his debut novel, Witch.

Set in the 17th-century Witch is a story about the power of women, witchcraft, fury, revenge and the ties that bind us.

After witnessing the brutal murder of her mother by witch-hunters, Evey vows to avenge her and track down the killers. Fury burns in her bright and strong. But she has promised her mother that she will keep Dill, her little sister, safe. As the lust for blood and retribution rises to fever pitch, will Evey keep true to the bonds of sisterhood and to the magick that is her destiny?