The Spider Behind “Something Familiar”
In “Something Familiar,” Diana’s familiar, Ar, is an orchard orb-weaver (Leucauge venusta), which is native throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Though they are not venomous, many members have orange or red marks on their underbellies that resemble a black widow’s.
I chose a spider for Diana’s familiar as I love finding the magic in what is considered ordinary or even undesirable (and ordinary magic is a theme of The Witching Journals). However, this did limit the length of writing and research sessions for this story as I am mildly arachnophobic! Ironically, an orb-weaver made it’s home outside my window shortly after I wrote this story. I guess life imitates art after all.
All information in the article came from spiderid.com. Warning: this does link to a picture of a spider.