April 26, 2021

Elissa Washuta’s ‘White Magic’ details personal stories, ancestors’ tales

Anytime Elissa Washuta thought she was holding back or not using her true voice while writing and editing her…

Anytime Elissa Washuta thought she was holding back or not using her true voice while writing and editing her new book “White Magic,” she channeled the energy of the creator of the cult classic TV show “Twin Peaks.” 

“If I ever felt like doing something safe, I’d think, ‘If David Lynch was allowed to make ‘Twin Peaks’ season three as he did for Showtime, surely I can have a little bit of a time shift here,’” said Washuta, 36, a creative writing professor at Ohio State University.  

And she had a hunch that her audience might just enjoy something a bit different, too.  

“Readers are ready for books doing weird stuff,” Washuta said. “I think readers are a lot more adventurous than big publishers give them credit for.”