My inspiration for Sam and The Sea Witch came from the place I was staying at the time and what I was reading. The idea that sea witches actually exist grabbed my attention and I wanted to know more. Further interest developed when I read about these very poor women, combing the beaches looking for weed. After tying three knots into five strands they would go down to the harbour and sell them to the boat captains. The fact they believed this weed had the power to bring on the winds fascinated me. It gave me the inspiration I needed on the premise that something so worthless could be so powerful in the beliefs of intelligent men like sea boat captains.
Do you believe the boat captains thought the weed had power or do you think there were other reasons why they parted with their money?